Energex and Ergon merger ‘sensible’
ENERGEX and Ergon are set to merge under an announcement made by the State Government yesterday, a move the Electrical Trades Union said would deliver improved services across the state.
The ETU said the merger of Queensland's electricity supply assets was a "sensible decision".
ETU electricity supply organiser Stuart Traill said the union was looking forward to working with the Palaszczuk government in the implementation of the merger.
"By committing to no forced redundancies, our members working in Energex and Ergon, and their families, can take confidence going into the Christmas and New Year shutdown that their jobs are safe, and that there is a bright future for their industry from 2016 and beyond," Mr Traill said.
"The $680 million in savings generated by the merger is practicable and achievable. It also shows the current State Government is focused on service delivery for Queensland energy workers and customers and clearly demonstrates the long-term advantages that can be gained by continued public ownership of our energy assets."
Mr Traill said the recent agreement arising out of the Paris global climate change conference showed the world was moving to embrace renewable energy and new technologies, such as battery storage, at a faster rate than ever before.
"The recent Paris agreement on climate change means that renewables and new technologies in the energy sector will be critical going forward," he said.
"By embracing the future this policy will position Queensland to take advantage of that growth in the renewable energy sector."
The union also supported the proposed establishment of a new Energy Services Division which would focus on renewable and emerging technologies.
"The new Energy Services division is exciting and shows good vision for the future of electricity supply in this state. By basing the new division in Townsville, it will be a great driver of local jobs in the region." he said.