Power sell-off could shed Clarence Valley jobs: Union

PRIVATISATION of the electricity network could mean some very real job losses in the Clarence Valley, according to unions.

The Electrical Trades Union brought its tour of local governments to the Valley yesterday to alert Mayor Richie Williamson to the potential impact on 221 local jobs, should the State Government sell up its poles and wires.

Cr Williamson said the issue was a "real one".

"Jobs are something they (the union) have highlighted very strongly, especially in the Clarence Valley community and I think we all have an understanding about how valuable jobs are at the moment," Cr Williamson said.

"I also think it's fair to say the Government, as far as I know, haven't got a plan to proceed at the moment."

He said it was something the council would be keeping its eye on.



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