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Major industrial action to hit electricity transmission and renewables projects

Electrical Trades Union 2 mins read

Crucial renewable energy and power transmission projects worth billions of dollars will be hit with major industrial action as workers ramp up demands for fair pay.

Electrical Trades Union NSW members at Transgrid - which includes the troubled $2.3 billion renewables project EnergyConnect in its portfolio - will begin industrial action on Friday.

This will include a one-hour stoppage of all ETU members along with six indefinite work bans by control room staff - critical workers in the company’s nerve centre. 

Transgrid operations will be disrupted across the board, including at 900km electricity interconnector EnergyConnect, which is already suffering from delays and safety concerns.

Planned maintenance work and power outages will also be affected by the industrial action.

A whopping 83 per cent of all Transgrid employees rejected the company's substandard pay offer. 

ETU NSW & ACT Secretary Allen Hicks said the vote sent an emphatic message.

"Transgrid is hopelessly out of touch with its workers who are simply seeking a pay rise that helps them keep up with the soaring cost of living," he said.

"Transgrid can easily afford to pay its workers properly yet refuses to, despite a massive pipeline of lucrative work.

"Transgrid's insulting pay offer has left workers with no choice but to take industrial action that will affect billions of dollars worth of crucial renewables and transmission projects.

"Of course, the company could resolve this instantly by returning to the negotiating table with a fair pay offer.

"Transgrid must start treating its workers with the respect they deserve. ETU members reserve the right to escalate industrial action if the company doesn't get its act together."

The ETU has made binding safety commitments which ensure that industrial action will never endanger the public or workers. 

All resources are available to meet emergencies or natural disasters.

Contact details:

For additional comment: Matt Murphy, ETU National Industry Coordinator 0416 060 717

Enquiries: Matt Coughlan 0400 561 480 /


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