Energy jobs 'threatened'
THE jobs of about 70 Country Energy workers, including some on the Tweed, are being threatened by a new state government plan to allow private energy retailers into the market, the union covering electricity workers has warned.
However, the government has rejected the claim, saying employment safeguards under the new plan are stronger than they were under a similar plan floated by former premier Morris Iemma and former treasurer Michael Costa.
Local union members will meet today at Country Energy's Lismore office to discuss the proposed sell-off.
United Services Union energy organiser Natalie Falvey said an employment guarantee included in the last bid to privatise electricity retailers had been dropped from the new plan.
“Joe Tripodi's new plan will leave hundreds of workers across the state in limbo, not knowing if they will have jobs in the future,” Ms Falvey said yesterday.