||Issue No. 189||01 August 2003|
The Secret Life of Us
Interview: The New Deal
Unions: In the Line of Hire
Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
International: The Domino Effect
Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Poetry: Just Move On.
Review: Reality Bites
Tough Women Draw Line at Sacking
Witness Protection Urged on IRC
Howard Enlists Russians for Military
Vic Workcover Invests in Worker Misery
Whistleblower Sacking Sparks Zoo Walkout
Truckie With Conscience Wins Back Job
Indigenous Labour honours Tobler
Asbestos Blocks Liverpool Road Works
The Locker Room
It Is Still About The Members Isn't It
Labor Council of NSW
Public Hole in Power Shortage
With projections that some areas of the state could face black-outs, the Electrical Trades Union has questioned the wisdom in privatising Pacific Power Internaitonal last year.
ETU secretary Bernie Riordan has called on the government to plan for increasing energy needs and maximise the existing network by investing in staff and equipment.
Roirdan says the proposition that the private sector could run the energy grid was rejected in 1998, but that advocates of privatisation were still driving government policy.
"Michael Egan needs to swallow his words and concede that the government needs to build more power stations," Riordan says.
"PPI shouldn't have been sold off because we know that only the public sector can build the sort of infrastructure we need for a secure energy supply."
More Staff and Resources
Riordan says that much of the reporting this week has missed the basic point that the current system is not operating at full capacity.
One of the reasons for this is that a massive number of workers have been taken out of the industry - since 1989, the workforce in the NSW energy industry has dropped from 22,500 to just 11,000
Meanwhile, since 1997, $2.7 billion has been returned as dividend to the NSW Government - money that could have gone into upgrading the substations and better resource the maintenance of these facilities.
"The good news is that because unions blocked moves to privatise the industry in 1998, we can now deal with the energy shortfall as a community, rather than relying for private companies to do the work for us," Riordan says.
"This puts NSW in a substantially better position than states like Victoria, where the profit motive now rules supreme."
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