Lower energy prices across regional, rural and remote NSW remain in the best interests of customers, an Essential Energy spokesperson said.
The spokesperson was responding to a statement by the Electrical Trades Union which was holding a series of meetings on the Mid North Coast to identify a range of cost savings that could avoid the need for forced job cuts.
"Over the next five years, Essential Energy will progress a series of programs and initiatives to deliver a better service at lower cost and create a business capable of responding to the rapid changes being experienced in the electricity sector," the spokesperson said.
"As we drive efficiencies in our business, we are also ensuring that we have the right size workforce across our network.
"Our preference remains that any necessary workforce reductions are, to the greatest extent possible, achieved through natural attrition and other exits, but clearly this is not always possible.
"Any job losses, particularly in rural and regional areas, are deeply regrettable.
"Consultation with employees in impacted roles has commenced, seeking their feedback for genuine consideration and providing information on redundancy and redeployment processes.
"Final employee reduction numbers and locations won't be known until consultation is completed.
Any job losses, particularly in rural and regional areas, are deeply regrettable.Essential Energy
"All employees affected by the changes are, and will continue to be, fully supported through the transition.
"Essential Energy continues to engage with the ETU as we work through the consultation process.
"We provided detailed responses to a number of alternative proposals put forward by the ETU.
"We are committed to keeping all stakeholders, including employees, up to date as consultations proceed."
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