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Energy merger plan ‘perverse’: unions

Monday, 19th March, 2012

It remains to be seen whether any local jobs would be lost as a result of the State Government’s plan to merge the three electricity providers, unions said yesterday.

A spokesman for the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) said they were waiting on the Government to divulge more information about plans to merge Endeavour Energy, Ausgrid and Essential Energy.

The spokesman said the Government made the announcement without consulting the employees. 

Unions NSW said the merger could strip thousands of jobs from critical regions such as Western Sydney and Port Macquarie.

Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, said the affected regions could ill-afford more cut backs. 

“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.”

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