#CentralCoast Facing Massive Job Cuts Due To “Callous Ausgrid Decision” says Mehan #Ausgrid

From The Office of David Mehan MP, Member for The Entrance

Media Release, Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Central Coast Facing Massive Job Cuts Due To “Callous Ausgrid Decision” says Mehan

David Mehan MP Member for The Entrance

David Mehan MP, Member for The Entrance

Ausgrid have today announced the first 600 jobs to go out of the scheduled 1,021 scheduled to be cut.

The Central Coast is home to more than 300 electrical workers based out of , and sources have confirmed the Central Coast is looking at up to a 100 jobs being lost from the area.

Ausgrid claims its job cuts are necessary due to the recent Australian Energy Regulator (AER) determination. Michelle Groves the CEO of the AER is on the record stating the AER does not regulate or determine employee numbers.

The union movement is calling on Ausgrid to look a job loss minimisation options, including roster changes, job sharing and voluntary redundancy packages. Similar options have been adopted and implemented leading to no job losses by regional energy operator Transgrid.

David Mehan MP Calls On Ausgrid To Work Towards Minimising Job Losses

David Mehan, Member for The Entrance said today, “The Australian Energy Regulator has made it clear that they have not advocated nor have they ever regulated employee numbers. This is a callous decision by Ausgrid.

“Ausgrid should be looking at ways of minimising job losses. Coming out and announcing mass job losses to balance the books is heavy handed. Other regional energy providers have been able to do it. They’ve been able to avoid cutting jobs by working with their employees and with their unions. That’s what Ausgrid should be doing.

“We’re looking at something close to a million dollars being ripped out of our local economy today; this is going to be a painful transition for everyone from our area. Ausgrid should be working its hardest to make sure this doesn’t happen again” said Mr Mehan.

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