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



Sea level rise is a myth: reader

Rising sea level prediction for Coffs Harbour.

What's got the Coffs Coast talking?

Sand man takes to the high seas

SAND ARTIST: John Thiering recently performed on a cruise.

Sand artist seizes opportunity to perform on cruise ship.

A hundred years of selfless service

The Pacific City Lions Club are just one of the local Lion's clubs that will be serving up food for the big day.

Lions Clubs get ready to celebrate 100th birthday.

Local Partners

Cheaper building fees are here to stay

COFFS Harbour City councillors voted to waiver developer contributions and make building secondary dwellings cheaper.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Petula Clark delighted to sing live for Australian fans

STILL TOURING: English singer Petula Clark is coming to Queensland.

English star Petula Clark still puts on a great show, even at 84.

Do you really know your road rules?

Cars travel around the roundabout at Villiers and Fitzroy Street. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

List of the top 10 most misunderstood road rules in NSW.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

SAMANTHA Armytage has hit back at rumours she’s dating Tom Cruise, following reports the pair had hit it off during an interview on Sunrise.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Jetty views don't come any better than this

Property Camperdown St

The Real Estate Property Guide is online now

Kids will love living in this new Coffs Harbour estate

FAMILY FRIENDLY: This children's playground is the latest family-friendly feature of the Elements@Coffs estate.

Local land estate unveils newest family friendly feature

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!