En­ergex work­ers ‘con­cerned’ over LNP’s as­set lease plan

Central and North Burnett Times - - 2015 STATE ELECTION -

EN­ERGEX work­ers are con­cerned Queens­land’s elec­tric­ity net­work will follow Vic­to­ria’s lead and turn into an “appalling” sys­tem if the LNP is elected and goes ahead with its plan to lease pub­lic as­sets.

Nick Dug­gan, who works on live wires for En­ergex, said he knew col­leagues who had been sent down to Vic­to­ria on con­tracts fol­low­ing the leas­ing of the state’s elec­tric­ity net­work to pri­vate com­pa­nies.

“They’ve said the state of the net­work since pri­vati­sa­tion is appalling,” Mr Dug­gan said.

“They got to the stage of be­ing a ‘fix it after it’s bro­ken’ type ar­range­ment be­cause that was the best way for them to make prof­its.”

Mr Dug­gan spoke to me­dia while Op­po­si­tion Leader An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk greeted En­ergex work­ers in Bris­bane on Tues­day, as­sur­ing them the elec­tric­ity net­work would not be leased un­der a La­bor gov­ern­ment.

Mr Dug­gan is a mem­ber of the Elec­tri­cal Trades Union but not the La­bor Party and said he wanted to know more about what the LNP planned for En­ergex.

He was con­cerned that pri­vati­sa­tion could com­pro­mise work­ers’ safety be­cause those leas­ing the as­sets would want the largest profit mar­gin pos­si­ble.

“You can have prof­its or you can look after the boys in the field,” Mr Dug­gan said. “We’re the front line, we’ve got our noses to the grind­stone – we need to be looked after.”


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