109 jobs to be axed in merger

MORE THAN 100 employees at Aurora and Transend have been told they will lose their jobs when the two state-owned energy companies merge.

The recruitment process for new-look transmission and distribution business TasNetworks is nearly complete, with the company set to begin operating from July 1.

Redundancy letters have so far been sent to 77 Aurora staff.

Of the 77 employees notified, 45 redundancies were voluntary and 22 forced.

An Aurora spokesman said the total number of job losses at the company could be higher, with some staff still uncertain if they had secured ongoing work.

He said a small number of Aurora employees were yet to hear whether they would be awarded short-term contract work at TasNetworks.

A Transend spokeswoman said 32 staff had been informed in writing that their jobs would be slashed through the merger.

The spokeswoman said the fate of some staff remained unclear, with final contract negotiations still taking place.

The cost of redundancies at each business have not yet been calculated.

It is understood there will be about 170 fewer full-time equivalent positions available at TasNetworks.

The merger is part of the state government's energy market reforms, and is expected to save about $8 million.

TasNetworks chief executive Lance Balcombe said he was satisfied with the recruitment process.

``We've managed it to the greatest extent possible with all of the processes we've had to go through,'' Mr Balcombe said.

``We've had good engagement and support, and are pretty comfortable with the way it's landed.''

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