Delta staff want answers

Richard Healey.
Richard Healey.
Delta's workers have demanded answers from management following weeks of criticism of its power pole maintenance and commitment to health and safety.

About 100 workers met to discuss the issues and ''the whole network'' yesterday morning, ETu union organiser Mike Kirwood said.

Over the past few weeks, it has been revealed Dunedin City Council-owned Delta and lines company Aurora have not maintained electricity infrastructure, leaving thousands of power poles compromised and potentially dangerous.

A report on an investigation by consultant Deloitte on the issue is expected next week, and Mayor Dave Cull confirmed by email to whistleblower Richard Healey he would be given the first verbal report on the results on Friday.

Mr Kirwood said yesterday he was about to visit the company with ''some questions for them we want answered''.

''That's all I can tell you at the moment.''

The workers had a meeting to discuss their concerns, ''so we're putting the concerns to the company''.

A 2014 staff survey recently leaked to the Otago Daily Times showed staff were dissatisfied regarding whether managers were committed to keeping staff safe.

Delta workers have also come forward to back Mr Healey's claims the electricity network is unsafe.

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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