Essential Energy job cuts: John Barilaro announces halt to regional job cuts

Essential Energy employees can breathe a sigh of relief as Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced a halt to job cuts in regional NSW.

HALT TO CUTS: Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

HALT TO CUTS: Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

At least three jobs were slated to go in Yass, Crookwell and Goulburn, revealed by internal documents obtained through the Electrical Trades Union.

After weeks of demands to Essential Energy to abandon the proposed job cuts, the state-owned corporation won't move forward with the plan, Mr Barilaro said.

"We worked with stakeholders, we listened to communities, we stayed firm on our position and we've now achieved a major victory for regional NSW," he said.

"From the start, I urged Essential Energy to find further efficiencies without job cuts and that approach has proved successful.

"Regional NSW is the backbone of this state, and as we continue to suffer through the worst drought on record the last thing our communities need are job losses."

At least 182 jobs were slated to be cut in regional NSW.

Essential Energy interim chair Robyn Clubb and chief executive John Cleland held a meeting with state government ministers on Monday.

Essential Energy was ordered to stop the workforce reshaping process and consider alternate options for savings after the meeting.

The job cuts were response to downward pressure on electricity pricing by the Australian Energy Regulator and a 40 per cent reduction in network charges. The supplier will continue to deliver their services at the lower cost.

The company will provide alternate options for savings and work with the state government to implement its decisions.

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