Power industry unions have reached an in-principle agreement with Essential Energy in the Fair Work Commission that pauses planned job cuts until workers are provided with further information and additional consultation takes place.
Essential Energy and the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) held the successful crisis talks amidst growing employee outrage over job cuts.
The agreement means no jobs will be lost before mid-August, with unions given an opportunity to propose alternative cost-saving measures and initiatives that could avert the need for redundancies.
The NSW government-owned Essential Energy had confirmed 165 jobs were set to go in the latest round of cuts.
Dubbo was set to lose three jobs and more in the region, but unions representing Essential Energy employees claim it is vital workers get the opportunity to identify alternatives to more regional job cuts.
Electrical Trades Union Secretary Justin Page said the union would work with National Party members to fight forced job cuts.
"Essential Energy is still 100 per cent publicly owned, so the NSW government can take actions to stop this devastating loss of regional jobs," he said.
Deputy NSW Labor Leader and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Jobs Yasmin Catley called on the Deputy Premier to intervene with a more permanent solution if he is serious about standing up for the regions.
"The Nationals are big on talking about regional jobs, but when the Liberals come to cut services in the bush, Barilaro hands them the scissors," she said.
"This government is addicted to privatisation, and it needs to reassure the community that it's not cutting costs simply to sell Essential in a fire sale to their mates."
Minister for Western New South Wales Adam Marshall called for the CEO of Essential Energy John Cleland to be stood down.
"Essential Energy has one shareholder which is the NSW Government, and I am looking into what powers it has to direct the company board not to continue with the job cuts immediately," he said.