My son works for Top Energy doing vegetation control. I've read Top Energy's restructure proposal and this is my 10 cents worth.
If you reduce frontline staff (linemen/vegetation control) then power cuts will increase and be longer as fewer staff are able to respond to outages.
Trees will still grow into the lines, yet in Kaitaia two staff instead of three will be expected to keep up the maintenance. Really? I don't think so!
As a community-owned trust, Top Energy should be directed to maintain frontline jobs that keep the lights on.
If they need to save money how about some pen-pushing head office types get made redundant instead.
I would be happy to forgo my Top Energy dividend if it will help keep 17 skilled local people employed.
It seems to me that too many people are sitting in head office writing memos to each other while the real workers get shafted.
This restructure proposal belongs in the rubbish bin.