The NSW Labor Opposition has today called on Deputy Premier John Barilaro to intervene and save 165 regional jobs which will be axed at Essential Energy.

Essential Energy has confirmed 165 jobs are on the chopping block in the latest round of cuts from the NSW Government.

Deputy NSW Labor Leader, Yasmin Catley, called on the Deputy Premier to intervene if he is serious about standing up for the regions.

Essential Energy which operates the electricity poles and wires across 95 per cent of the state has gutted more than 2000 jobs from their ranks since 2015. 

The Nationals are big on talking about regional jobs, but when the Liberals come to cut services in the bush, Barilaro hands them the scissors.

Quotes attributable to Deputy NSW Labor Leader and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Jobs Yasmin Catley: 

“It’s disappointing seeing more jobs lost in the regions. We’ve seen more than 2000 jobs lost from Essential and this is another kick in the guts for regional workers. 

“Barilaro says he’s standing up for jobs in the regions but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The Deputy Premier owes it to NSW to answer the latest round of job cuts.

“This government is addicted to privatisation and the government need to reassure the community that it’s not cutting costs simply to sell Essential in a fire sale to their mates.”