People power: Workers take to streets to fight electricity sell-off

Taking it to the streets: The doorknock campaign at Oatley.
Taking it to the streets: The doorknock campaign at Oatley.

ABOUT 110 electricity industry workers, supported by nurses and teachers, took to the streets of the Oatley electorate recently to lobby to keep the NSW electricity network in public hands.

The doorknock was described as the biggest grassroots campaign seen in the area for years.

Anthony O'Sullivan said he would have knocked on at least 200 doors.

"As the election gets closer people will talk about it a lot more," he said.

James Martin reported a positive reception and was glad for the opportunity to inform people of what was at stake.

"Some did not know there was an election and some thought the poles and wires had already been sold," he said.

"Many were very supportive."

An Electrical Trades Union official described the campaign as a "transformation in these workers, whereby they have gone from being passive victims of the political process to active participants for change".

Stop the Sell Off campaign director Adam Kerslake said workers were confident they were making a difference in what had become a key battleground in the March election.

"By the end of our campaign, local workers will have knocked on more than 10,000 doors in the Oatley electorate alone and had more than 6000 individual conversations about the Liberal's plan to privatise our electricity network," Mr Kerslake said.