“Not only will any sell-off of the state’s energy retailers in a global financial crisis result in a loss of profit for taxpayers, it will also put thousands of jobs at risk at a time when unemployment is on the rise,” he told the forum, adding that workers, particularly in regional areas, where the energy retailers’ call centres were located, faced “unacceptable” threats to their futures, and the economic viability of their towns, as jobs are cut, or moved off-shore.