ETU Demands Minister's Sacking Following Alice Blackout Scandal

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ETU demands Minister’s sacking following Alice blackout scandal

Alice Springs’ power supply at risk again as ALP reneges on promises

The Electrical Trades Union called on the NT Chief Minister to sack Minister Wakefield and take control of a situation it described as getting uglier by the day, citing new allegations of cover ups, intimidation and breaches of ALP Northern Territory Conference endorsed resolutions.

The call comes as the union revealed that Ron Goodin Power Station was shut down prematurely on the 12th of November in direct breach of a motion passed by the ALP NT Conference just weeks ago which was supported by Minister Wakefield. https://www.etu.org.au/Web/News/Press_Releases_Archive/2019/NT_ALP_Conference_joins_with_ETU_calling_for_action_on_Alice_Springs_power_supply_crisis.aspx The premature decision to shut down Ron Goodin comes ahead of the 18th November release of the Independent investigation into the Alice Springs system black event.

ETU QLD NT Secretary Peter Ong said the latest revelations were further evidence of the real incompetence of TGen management and the Essential Services Minister all of which is putting Alice Springs residents at further risk of extended power blackouts and outages.

The Minister is either incompetent or complicit in the targeting of ETU members to cover up TGen’s appalling handling of the October 13 system black event which saw Alice Springs businesses and the community without power for around 9 hours in 40-degree heat. “Either way she needs to go, our members at TGen have zero confidence in the Minister and the Chief Executive of TGen to handle this issue.”

The fact that Minister Wakefield is also the local member for the Alice Springs electorate of Braitling is particularly concerning for the ETU.

“You would think the local member would put the needs of Alice Springs residents first, the fact she is complicit in putting the power supply of Alice Springs at risk again to enable TGen’s hired guns to interrogate hard working Territorians is a disgrace.”

“The NT Government and TGen were warned about the risks associated with their botched handling of the transition from Ron Goodin to Owen Springs, they have been caught out, they need to be held accountable, TGen has failed to protect Alice Springs residents and now the NT Labor government is running a protection racket for the utility’s incompetent CEO and others. It has to stop, we urge all Alice Springs residents who are concerned about the security of their power supply and the fair treatment of power workers who were at the forefront of getting the power back on, to contact Minister Wakefield’s electoral office.”08 8951 5463 or email minister.wakefield@nt.gov.au

For more information please contact Dave “Strawbs” Hayes 0419 721 042 or Andrew Irvine 0448 633 858