PRIVATISATION STRIKE: Electricity workers say they will walk off work to highlight job security problems caused by the Coalition’s “poles-and-wires” privatisation plan.
PRIVATISATION STRIKE: Electricity workers say they will walk off work to highlight job security problems caused by the Coalition’s “poles-and-wires” privatisation plan. Trevor Veale

Electricity workers want to walk off over Coalition plan

NEW South Wales electricity workers plan to walk off work just days after the State Election to protest the Coalition's planned privatisation scheme.

Endeavour Energy staff say they will strike for four hours on March 31, while Ausgrid workers have work stoppages planned for April 1 and 8.

The Electrical Trades Union faced the Fair Work Commission last month, after NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance tried to terminate industrial action over the asset sale plan.

"The claim by the treasurer that this work stoppage must be cancelled to ensure public safety is absolutely ridiculous, and is an inappropriate political intervention by a desperate government seeking to silence criticism," ETU secretary Steve Butler said.