Energex workers ‘concerned’ over LNP’s asset lease plan
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.”
– APN NEWSDESK