Depending on the outcome of a vote at this weekend’s ALP state conference, the NSW power industry privatisation stoush could enter uncharted territory, Unions NSW sec John Robertson told journalists on May 1. The state govt had no mandate to proceed with the privatisation, he reiterated. “The proposition is not supported by the community at large and certainly is not supported by the workers directly affected,” he said. Not only power industry jobs would be under threat, but also call centre jobs including in regional centres, he said. “The treasurer’s got an ideological bent for privatisation,” Robertson said of former NSW Labor Council sec Michael Costa. “This is not the first disagreement we’ve had with the Labor Party and I’m sure it won’t be the last,” he said, adding there was no “personal animosity” between him and any proponents of the sale. Robertson said if the state govt walked away without listening to the majority of ALP members, who would vote on the proposal this Saturday (May 3), “we would be in uncharted waters where no-one has ever been”. “Let’s just wait and see what happens on the floor at conference,” he said. See also Unions NSW pushes 26 weeks’ PML as ALP policy.
Workforce, Issue 1631, 2 May 2008