Thursday, 7 August 2008

Power protest: Iemma's days 'are numbered'

'Absolutely betrayed'Power workers says privitisation will cost Morris Iemma.

Power workers demonstrating outside a meeting in Sydney today between the Premier and Labor heavyweights say Morris Iemma's days are numbered.

Mr Iemma has been summoned to appear before Labor's Administrative Committee to explain why he intends to push on with electricity privitisation against his party's will.

Graeme McNeill from the Liddell Power Station, in the NSW Hunter Valley, says he rank and file members feel absolutely betrayed by the Premier.

"They are ready to walk. I'm telling you I've never seen anything like it," he said.

"I've been in the industry for 26 years and I've never seen Labor supporters ready to pack up and walk. They're not going to forget."

Mr McNeill believes the issue will cost Mr Iemma his leadership.

"He's a wounded duck," he said.

Amanda Lane from the Bayswater Power Station says she believes many rank and file Labor members could vote against the party at the next state election.

"I think there is a big possibility," she said.

Yesterday, the Premier said he was encouraged by the support he had received from Cabinet, Caucus and from within the party.

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