News

Energy jobs shed in power merger

Unions say Essential Energy jobs on the Mid North Coast will be lost under the govt.'s merger plans.
Unions say Essential Energy jobs on the Mid North Coast will be lost under the govt.'s merger plans.

PLANS to merge Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid, and Essential Energy could strip thousands of positions from the job-starved Mid North Coast, Unions NSW has warned.

The O'Farrell Government announced it's plans of amalgamation as part of a cost-cutting initative, which could save up to $100 million a year.

On the flipside for consumers, the savings would be passed back to families in the form of rebates.

About 540,000 people with dependent children earning less than $150,000 a year will get $75 credit under the government's family energy rebate scheme from July 1.

That figure would rise to $150 by 2014.

Citing potential job losses, Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, said the affected regions could ill afford further cut backs.

Locally the concern rests with the Essential Energy workforce, which is centred in Port Macquarie and whose local crews service the Coffs Coast.

"This merger will remove a breadwinner for thousands of families in Western Sydney and Port Macquarie," Mr Lennon said.

"At a time when the State's private sector is shedding jobs it's utterly perverse for the Government to cut jobs in critical regions.

"This State Government appears to have abandoned its aim of promoting jobs and is proceeding with a slash and burn approach at a time when the State economy is already vulnerable.

The Greens have also attacked the plan saying the merger would mean job losses, blackouts and less government control in the energy sector.                   

"One large company will mean even more political power in the hands of the board and even less capacity for the government to reject unnecessary spending plans that will inevitably inflate household power bills," Upper House MP John Kaye said.

"Inevitably front line jobs will be lost as the so-called efficiency gains are eaten up in yet more unnecessary capital works projects.

"The loss of local depots and maintenance teams will mean more blackouts," he said.

Topics:  essential energy, greens, state government



Childcare centre forced to close

TRASHED: Soft drinks used for Rainbow Cottage fundraisers litter the ransacked facility.

Nearly 80 families left in limbo after vandals strike

Five taken to Coffs hospital Pacific Hwy crash

Ambulance attend surf rescue at Diggers Beach.Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Pacific Hwy crash clogs up holiday traffic

Tickets to elite double header now on sale

 Tickets are now on sale for the Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double header.

TICKETS are now on sale for the double header

Local Partners

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Spring property hard to find

SHORT ON SELLERS: Spring is yet to see the usual influx of vendors keen to sell.

Spring selling season off to a slow start

Coffs region is hot property

The region’s housing market is looking up, with projects on the radar in Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.

Units and houses are both pulling strong returns for Coffs

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record