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Dozens of workers sacked at North Australian gas project

UGL Darwin Ichthys LNG

Dozens of staff have once again been retrenched at the US$34 billion Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project in Darwin.

An estimated 160 fly-in fly-out workers have been sacked from the UGL Kentz joint venture (JV), which previously won the construction package from head contractor JKC Australia LNG.

The JV employs about 1500 workers and made the redundancies despite the pipeline, which UGL is working on, only being 60 per cent complete.

QMEB understands union representatives have complained about UGL organising redundancies, so they fall within the Top End’s wet season and then hires other workers to ramp-up construction during the beginning of the dry season in May.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union confirmed most of the redundancies affected boiler makers, riggers and fitters.

QMEB can reveal the redundancies could be extended to as many as 40 pipefitters, 40 pipe welders, 23 trade assistants and 12 boilermakers.

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