Coonabarabran Essential Energy workers will join colleagues across western NSW in a 4 hour work stoppage on Thursday after a new workplace agreement plan proposed by Essential Energy was deemed to be unfair. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) says the plan will lead to the loss of conditions, pay and jobs for the thousands of workers across NSW. Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Walgett, Warren and Wellington depots will be joining the strike.

The ETU says that should the new workplace agreements proposed by Essential Energy be adopted then 800 regional workers would be eligible for immediate termination.

“If Essential Energy gets its way, not only will redundancy provisions, redeployments, and salary maintenance conditions be threatened, but wages would be cut and almost a thousand regional jobs would be immediately slashed,” ETU secretary Steve Butler said.

Essential Energy believes their agreement is “balanced and practical” and would “do everything possible to minimise any disruption to the people of regional and rural NSW” and apologised “for any inconvenience the unions’ decision may cause”. ETU members have said they will return to their depots if there is a local emergency.

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