Essential Energy job cuts: Where the positions will be axed

JOB CUTS: The fist 122 of 182 forced redundancies at Essential Energy have been announced. Photo: FILE
JOB CUTS: The fist 122 of 182 forced redundancies at Essential Energy have been announced. Photo: FILE

TWENTY-FIVE Essential Energy staff from the Central West and Orana are set to lose their jobs as the company restructures.

Earlier this week, the NSW government-owned electricity supplier announced it would slash 182 jobs from its regional workforce in an effort to "drive efficiencies in our business" and "deliver a better service at lower cost".

An initial list of the first 122 forced redundancies has been provided to Australian Community Media by Essential Energy.

Bathurst will be the hardest hit in the region with eight staff to lose their jobs, although Essential Energy admits that this number has not yet been finalised.

The Orana region, will lose seven staff including three in Dubbo, as well as one each in the Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Gilgandra and Narrabri depots.

Jobs will also go in: Oberon (2), Parkes (2), Orange (2), Crookwell (1), Molong (1), Yass (1) and Young (1).

Essential Energy remains 100 per cent publicly owned, so the NSW Government has the power to force management to find alternative savings measures that don't require slashing jobs in regional communities.

United Services Union general secretary Graeme Kelly

The biggest jobs losses will be in Port Macquarie with 34 staff to go and the Grafton office will lose 11.

Meanwhile, unions representing Essential Energy workers are demanding a crisis meeting with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro to save the jobs.

Electrical Trades Union secretary Justin Page is meeting with the Fair Work Commission on Friday to challenge Essential Energy's failure to properly consult with employees about the losses.

While the United Services Union (USU), which represents white-collar employees, is also involved.

USU general secretary Graeme Kelly said it was not too late to find alternatives to save these regional jobs, but it would require the full support of the NSW Government.

"Essential Energy remains 100 per cent publicly owned, so the NSW Government has the power to force management to find alternative savings measures that don't require slashing jobs in regional communities," he said.

"Ahead of the election, the National Party repeatedly promised the people of rural and regional NSW that they would not face public service job cuts. This is the first test of those promises.

"In many regional communities, these job losses have had a substantial impact on the local economies, forcing local families to move away as they look for alternative work.

"There are alternatives to these latest cuts, there are options on the table that can deliver cost savings while protecting regional employment, but they require firm political action, not just words."

Where the first 122 jobs will be cut

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