Around 240 FIFO workers have been sacked from Darwin’s LNG project.
The workers were employed at the UGL Kentz joint venture which provides a construction package for the Ichthys project in Darwin. It has approximately 1500 workers.
The project involves two parts – a power station and a pipeline. While nearly 90 per cent of the power station has been complete, only 60 per cent of the pipeline has been finished, where a majority of the workers were sacked, according to The Gladstone Observer.
Workers unions said 160 workers were sacked this week, while UGL – which is subcontracted by JKC – sacked 80 employees last week.
Bryan Wilkins, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) organiser, said the lay-offs were part of UGL’s ‘completion of works’ redundancy package.
He added that most of those sacked were in metal trades, including boiler makers, riggers, and fitters.
“They say these redundancies are part of the job but these cuts seem to happen every year just before Christmas,” he said.
“Construction is at its peak and I don’t see why they’re making people redundant now.”
Electrical Trade Union Northern Territory organiser David Hayes said UGL organised its work program to axe workers during the wet season – which starts in December – then employs other workers to ramp up construction in dry seasons.
Australian Mining contacted UGL and INPEX and is awaiting a comment.