Clarence Candidates Quizzed on Power Privatisation

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The union covering power industry workers says hundreds of New South Wales north coast jobs are threatened by the State Government’s plan for a full privatisation of the electricity network.
The Electrical Trades Union says up to 550 jobs in the Clarence Valley and along the north coast are at risk.
The union is calling on all candidates in the Clarence by-election to declare their position on the issue of electricity privatisation.
Union spokesman Steve Butler says Essential Energy workers in the region are extremely worried about the plan and are seeking reassurance from Clarence candidates.
“Whether they’re pro-privatisation or against privatisation,” he said.
“What I’d like to hear is that they’re in support of local jobs, in support of the local community, in support of the local workers.
“By coming out and saying we’re opposed to privatisation, because there is no evidence to say it would be better off in private hands.
“That, that be their position and that they let their electorate know it.”
Mr Butler says local power workers want to know exactly where each candidate stands on the issue.
He says they either support selling off local infrastructure to fund infrastructure project in Sydney or oppose it and support local jobs.
“We’d like them to come out and identify with their own and their party’s position on exactly what their view is in relation to electricity privatisation,” he said.
“It’s our view that jobs will be lost if the industry is sold and lost particularly in rural areas.”

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