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Safety fears as 18 jobs axed at LNG plant

Monday 7th of November 2016 11:53:32 AM



Eighteen operational workers are set to be sacked by Santos at its LNG plant on Curtis Island. At a time when the gas giant was struggling to keep its head above water in the middle of high debt levels and low global oil prices, the latest round of job cuts were announced last month.

The Australian Workers Union have urged the LNG producer to rethink its plan to sack 18 workers after meeting with Santos officials this week.

"Santos has indicated they want to 'flatten the structure of the team' with 18 full-time roles within operations no longer required," AWU secretary Ben Swan said.

It's understood planned cuts would hit on-site superintendent roles and reduce shift crews from 19 to 15.

The company was "continuing to embed its new operating model to ensure it is sustainable in the current oil price environment," a Santos spokesman has said.

"These changes will be managed appropriately to ensure GLNG continues to operate safely and reliably," he said.

But the AWU said it held "grave concerns" the cuts would compromise health and safety. Mr Swan said the AWU proposed a roster option that would have saved 14 out of the 18 jobs but he said "Santos was not willing to consider this".



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