Fair Work Commission calls on energy union not to strike

THE Fair Work Commission has ruled the Electrical Trades Union's (ETU's) planned protected industrial action against Essential Energy would threaten public safety and network reliability.

Essential Energy's Acting Chief Executive Officer, Gary Humphreys, said: "Essential Energy will always put the safety of our employees, contractors and the public above anything else so we are pleased that the Fair Work Commission has shut down the protected industrial action proposed by the ETU.

"The decision will reassure regional and rural communities across NSW that the electricity distribution network can continue to operate safely and reliably."

The ETU had planned to take protected industrial action from 10pm last night through to 6am May 27 and had issued further notices proposing a further 30-day protected industrial action period in June.

Essential Energy's application to prevent the ETU's protected industrial action was heard over six hours before Senior Deputy President Hamberger in the Fair Work Commission yesterday.

All ETU members at Essential Energy are therefore required to be available for work duties as normal.

Whether the ETU goes ahead with industrial action despite the ruling remains to be seen.

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