The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has confirmed one job will be lost in Leeton during the current round of job cuts being undertaken by Essential Energy.
This position will be the regional stores officer, which is among 182 jobs to go across NSW.
However, with the company expected to slash 500 more positions across the state, the ETU believes more jobs in Leeton could be under threat in the coming years.
The ETU said "the position that is going is the regional stores officer ... obviously, the 500 additional job losses over the coming years will result in more local positions going, but we don't have any indication of locations for those".
The news comes as last week Essential Energy confirmed it was indeed planning to cut hundreds of jobs, which could endanger the company's capacity to respond to the MIA's blackouts, storm damage and other major incidents.
An internal document obtained by the Electrical Trades Union shows that Essential Energy plans to slash one in five regional positions by 2024, impacting 500 workers.
The union claims this has reduced the number of skilled frontline workers available to respond to storm - and electrical-related incidents.
"Essential Energy has already been cut to the bone, we've seen the workforce almost halved in recent years and dozens of depots shut," union secretary Justin Page said.
"With one in every five workers facing the chop, there is no question that regional communities will be devastated and service delivery will be greatly impacted.
In response, an Essential Energy spokesperson said managing the size of its workforce is needed to efficiently deliver safe and reliable electricity supply to "maintain downward pressure on electricity prices".
"As the energy industry continues to evolve, electricity affordability remains a key challenge for many of our customers," the spokesperson said.
"Lower energy prices across regional, rural and remote NSW are in the best interests of our customers."
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