ANDERSON STAYS STRONG ON JOB PROTECTION FOR TAMWORTH
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was one of the first to speak on the floor of Parliament regarding the introduction of legislation for the long term lease of 49 per cent of the State’s electricity networks.
Mr Anderson said the long term lease will include that of Transgrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy.
“Essential Energy is to remain 100 per cent in Government hands,” Mr Anderson said.
“In Tamworth there is a Transgrid distribution substation which employs approximately 65 workers.
“As the government progresses with the long term lease of Transgrid we need to know how it will affect the 65 workers in the Tamworth area.
“In the legislation I am pleased to see that some of the protection measures that will be put in place will include that employees transferring to the new operators will do so on current terms and conditions as outlined in their enterprise bargaining agreement.
“Throughout the election campaign, my message was clear. I will be doing everything I can to ensure that those workers are looked after in whatever the landscape looks like and I will continue to do that.
“I will be looking after our workers in the Tamworth electorate, they are important to me and they are important to our community.
“While it’s important to look after jobs it is as important to continue the investment in our region and as part of the long term lease the Tamworth electorate stands to benefit significantly from a share in $6 billion that will be available as part of the revenue from the long term lease for regional NSW.
“This will see funding for our road and rail networks, schools, hospitals and police stations to build the infrastructure that we need,” Mr Anderson concluded.