MP’s assure Locals: No imminent depot closures
Members for Pine Rivers and Kallangur, Seath Holswich and Trevor Ruthenberg are reassuring locals that there have been no decisions made in regards to closures of Ergon Energy depots.
“The ongoing statements and scare tactics from the ETU that depot closures are part of the Queensland Government’s electricity reforms are disappointing to say the least,” Mr Holswich said.
The Newman Government has been extremely clear in its response to the IDC report handed down earlier this year.
“Let me say this again, there are no imminent depot closures as a result of the release of the IDC report,” Mr Holswich said.
The IDC report contains a recommendation that states:
In the Ergon Energy service delivery area, consideration be given to the adoption of a Local Service Agent model for depots in the range of 8 to 15 employees where there would be improved services to customers, service delivery would be more cost effective and where there is broad support amongst staff for the adoption of this type of service delivery model.
Mr Ruthenberg said “There are three criteria that would need to be satisfied before any decision could be made; including improved services to customers and broad support amongst staff.”
Acting Minister for Energy and Water Supply Andrew Cripps said any further consideration of the proposal would also require detailed consultation with employees.
“Following the release of the Queensland Government’s response to the IDC Report, Ergon has conducted information sessions with employees about the proposed reforms,” he said.
“Ergon Energy will continue to follow a careful process to ensure that any changes do not have an impact on regulated customer service levels and do not compromise the safety of employees, the community or the network.”