36 Redundancies have been made weeks before Christmas.
36 Redundancies have been made weeks before Christmas. Rob Wright

Energy jobs cull under way

ESSENTIAL Energy has begun its cull of regional energy workers, with 36 forced redundancies just weeks before Christmas.

The United Services Union has confirmed one job in Coffs Harbour has been cut and another in Nambucca Heads, with workers receiving an information pack with a suggestion they call Lifeline.

USU official Brian Cameron visited Coffs yesterday to address the concerns of confused and frustrated employees.

"They want to know what the company has planned. They're unsure now that the company has confirmed 600 roles will be made redundant, they want to know whether their jobs are on the line,” he said.

Mr Cameron, however, said they had no answers to give the workers.

"Essential Energy are not talking to us per se.

"The CEO has said he doesn't have any plans in the immediate future to make redundancies.

"They fought so hard to be able to make forced redundancies, but if they have no plans I just don't understand why they fought so hard.”

The jobs recently cut were of those who hadn't secured permanent work and were therefore deemed excess employees, according to Mr Cameron.

He added that Essential Energy executives have apparently received on average a 5.9% pay increase.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the redundancies were the Federal Government's decision and there is little the State Government could do, despite Essential Energy being owned by the NSW State Government.



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