MEMBER FOR TAMWORTH KEVIN ANDERSON STATEMENT: ESSENTIAL ENERGY
Minister for Better Regulation and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he is disappointed to hear about reports that Essential Energy intends to cut a large number of jobs from regional NSW.
“Today’s reports of planned job cuts by Essential Energy have come as a complete shock.
“Essential Energy is an important part of our region’s workforce.
“Any forced job cuts are not acceptable and I will be seeking an immediate explanation on these troubling reports,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro has called for an immediate halt to any decision by Essential Energy to carry out planned job cuts in the regions.
“Even though Essential Energy is a corporatised entity that reports to a board, I have been abundantly clear about the need for everyone to be doing their part and rallying around regional communities battling the worst drought on record,” he said.
“Essential Energy needs to be transparent about any planned decision around their regional workforce.
“This morning I have summoned the CEO of Essential Energy to a meeting to explain this decision.
“I also expect Essential Energy to provide a briefing to all affected regional MP’s about any forced job cuts.