The Electrical Trades Union has asked Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser to intervene to help save 47 Essential Energy jobs under threat in the electorate.
The Electrical Trades Union has asked Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser to intervene to help save 47 Essential Energy jobs under threat in the electorate. Rob Wright

ETU writes to Coffs MP seeking help to save 47 trades jobs

THE ELECTRICAL Trades Union has written to Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser on behalf of Essential Energy employees living and working in the electorate.

ETU assistant secretary Neville Betts has asked Mr Fraser to support a union plan to save 47 local jobs under threat.

He's asked the local member to make representations to Premier Mike Baird and National Party leader Troy Grant and raise the plan in the next party room meeting.

"The union is extremely concerned by how these job cuts will impact regional NSW communities, with reductions to network safety and reliability along with reduced employment opportunities for future generations," Mr Betts said.

"We are also extremely concerned about the impact on existing employees and their families in the Coffs Harbour electorate.

"These job losses are likely to result in serious financial hardship and in some cases force families to leave their local communities in the search for employment."

Mr Betts also challenged claims the job cuts had been imposed by the Australian Energy Regulator.

"TransGrid, which operates the high voltage transmission network across NSW, suffered a 25 per cent reduction in their regulated revenue under the AER determination, yet they are not laying off a single employee as a result," he said.

"TransGrid embraced similar proposals to those the union is suggesting, resulting in a better outcome for workers, the company, and consumers.

"We are urging Mr Fraser to champion similar solutions so that the community can be protected from the irreparable damage that will be caused by these wholesale job cuts."