Mainstream media are today reporting that more than 165 jobs are expected to go in NSW regional areas with staff at Essential Energy offices in Port Macquarie, Taree, Bathurst, Grafton and Lismore to be the hardest hit. The reports are based around suggestions by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) saying there will be projected cuts to building, upgrading and infrastructure maintenance with reductions to general operating expenses foreshadowed. Invited to comment on the ETU claims an Essential Energy spokesperson told the Beagle:
Essential Energy is committed to maintaining downward pressure on the network component of electricity pricing by adopting new technologies, improving the way we do business, achieving operational efficiencies whilst ensuring a safe, reliable service for our customers.
The safety of our employees and the communities we serve will always be a fundamental priority as we undertake these changes to our business.
Over the next three to five years, Essential Energy will progress a series of programs and initiatives to deliver a better service at lower cost. As we drive efficiencies in our business, we will also be ensuring that we have the right size workforce across our service territory.
These changes will allow us to continue to deliver the high quality of service our customers want at a lower cost. All employees affected by the changes will be fully supported through the transition.