Last night the NSW Liberals and Nationals voted in the Legislative Assembly in support of privatising the NSW electricity network businesses – comprising 50.4% each of Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy and 100% of TransGrid.
Not one Liberal or National party MP raised potential job losses and not one Liberal or National Party MP sought job protections despite many saying at the election they would stand up and fight to protect local jobs.
Last night’s vote paves the way for the legislation to now be debated in the Upper House next week.
The Upper House Inquiry into the transactions has a deliberative meeting today to finalise their report headed up by Fred Nile. It is expected that this report will support the government’s privatisation plan with some conditions and we wait to see if the report will include any job protections.
It is our view that the privatisation legislation will be debated and voted on next Wednesday allowing for the Upper House report to be tabled in the parliament on Tuesday. The ETU has a meeting scheduled with the Premier and Treasurer on Monday where we expect to hear what job protections the government is proposing.
I believe this meeting is nothing more than an opportunity for the government to dictate what protections they plan to provide. I have advised the government that I am available after hours and any time over the weekend to negotiate a strong package of employment protections however to date this offer has been ignored by the government.
I have today issued multiple press releases targeting local MPs over their failure to stand up and fight for local job protections. You can read these statements below.
I will continue to keep members up to date on any developments.
In Unity - Steve Butler, Secretary
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