Glenn Vaughan-wheeler's lightning strike from Mt Tinbeerwah. Photo Contributed
Glenn Vaughan-wheeler's lightning strike from Mt Tinbeerwah. Photo Contributed Contributed

100% chance of industrial action at BoM

THE outlook for weather updates is bleak for the week ahead, with Bureau of Meteorology staff undertaking a "small amount of industrial action".

The Morning Bulletin contacted the BoM Rockhampton office for information on the weekend's weather, and was referred to the Brisbane-based media team.

Find out the forecast across Rocky, Yeppoon and Biloela here

When contacted, forecaster David Bernard told The Morning Bulletin he was "not obliged" to speak with the media.

"Normally I would be happy to oblige, but currently we are engaging in a small amount of industrial action," he said.

"It precludes me from talking to media - I am not obliged to add anything."

With the exception of severe weather events, the bureau are not responding to media requests or updating the BoM twitter feed.

Mr Bernard went on to share the official statement for Community and Public Sector (CPSU) staff participating in the industrial action.

"As I am currently taking protected industrial action I will not be able to respond to any non-severe weather media enquiries until September 9," he said.

The ABC reported the action was a "last resort" after restructures in the bureau have lead staff to relocate, change jobs and created job insecurity with automated the services.

The Morning Bulletin have contacted the Bureau of Meteorology and are awaiting a response.