Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

Essential Energy Asbestos Update

Paul Lister - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Esasential Energy members can read the latest Asbestos Update by clicking here.

CEPU/ETU 2012 Financial Accounts

Paul Lister - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 and the Industrial Relations Act 1996 the CEPU NSW Branch and ETU NSW Branch has made available to members the complete financial reports and associated documents for 2012.

By law the CEPU must provide a copy of their financial report free of charge to members, this can be downloaded here.

Essential Energy EA Update

Paul Lister - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Essential Energy members can read the latest EA Update by clicking here.

Free Training for ETU Members

Paul Lister - Thursday, June 13, 2013

ETU members are invited to participate in the following training courses and events, open to all members and free of charge. We hope you find something of interest.

Public Speaking: Saturday 15th June 
Learn techniques that will give you confidence when introducing yourself or delivering a persuasive speech. Register online

Public Sector Workers: Tuesday 18th June
Join the community unions network to meet other workers confronted with the same challenges and discuss ideas for combined union activities. Details

Workers Comp Day:
Wednesday 19th June
‘Fair Go for Workers Compensation Day’ to highlight the NSW Government’s attack on injured workers.  Flyers and surveys

Cumberland Community Unions:
Wednesday 19th June
Come along to the official launch of a new community unions group for Smithfield and Fairfield areas of Western Sydney. RSVPs and details

Bullying and Workers Comp - basics: Friday 21st June
This training will enable organisers and delegates to:
Session 1. Give simple advice on the job about NSW Workers Comp.
Session 2.  Use new Anti-Bullying and Harassment Laws as a tool to make workplaces safer. Register for either or both sessions

Ballot Result: Ausgrid Agreement Vote

Paul Lister - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Three Mass meetings were held at Newcastle, Canterbury and the Masonic Centre in Sydney on 5/4/13 and 6/4/13. All meetings were well attended and ballots were conducted at each meeting.

Mick Shields OAM (Ex Commission)scrutineered the entire ballot process, was present at each meeting and oversaw the count. Also present at the count were Union Officials from ETU, USU, PSA and Ausgrid Management.

The Outcome
91.49% Voted in favour of accepting the Agreement.

Next Steps
The parties will now lodge the relevant paper work with Fair Work Commission for certification. Once this process is finalised Ausgrid will apply the new rates and back pay will be processed.

We would like to thank the Delegates, particularly those who participated in the negotiations. Your efforts and contributions throughout the process ensured members employment conditions have been maintained and improved.

Ausgrid Delegates Endorse EA Offer

Paul Lister - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ETU Delegates met and were taken through the latest Ausgrid offer and a final draft Ausgrid Enterprise Agreement 2012. After discussion and consideration the Delegates endorsed the offer and document to go to Mass Meetings for a vote.

The Offer

1. A wage increase of 2.7% to apply from 19 December 2012 and a further wage increase of 2.7% on 18 December 2013.

2. Back pay to 19 December 2012

3. New & Improved Clauses
     a. Re negotiations Clause to commence six months but no later than 4 months before the expiry of agreement
     b. Dispute Resolution Procedure
     c. Consultation Clause
     d. Outsourcing / Contracting Out Clause
     e. Domestic Violence Clause
     f. Redundancy, Redeployment and Salary maintenance Policies Clause.
     g. Choice of Superannuation Fund Clause.

4. Removal of Salary Point 54 Overtime Restriction

5. Local Workplace Flexibility Agreement Clause to remain unchanged.

6. Superannuation - Any increase to the Commonwealth Government Superannuation Guarantee (SCG) that occurs during the nominal term of this Agreement will be absorbed.

7. Electrical Safety Rules Allowance will remain an all purpose rate. The Rate to be frozen at $129.89 for the nominal term of the Agreement.

Ausgrid are distributing the Ausgrid Enterprise Agreement 2012 document for employees to consider over the next week.

Mass Meetings

The following Mass Meetings have been organised for the employees to vote on the document.

Broadmeadow Racecourse
Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast Employees
10.00am Wednesday 5 June 2013

Canterbury Racecourse
Sydney based employees (other than HOB and Roden Cutler)
9.30am Thursday 6 June 2013

Masonic Centre, Sydney
HOB and Roden Cutler based employees
2.30pm Thursday 6 June 2013

Ausgrid will inform employees of transport arrangements for employees when they are confirmed.

Distribution Industry Hazard Alert

Paul Lister - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Please read the Hazard Alert issued by Energex listed below.

ETU Social Media

Paul Lister - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be sure to visit out the ETU on FacebookTwitter and YouTube for regular updates while you are there check out some of our photos and videos.

Distribution Industry Hazard Alert

Paul Lister - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Please read the Hazard Alerts issued by Endeavour Energy listed below.

Biennial Conference, New Website & Scholarships

Paul Lister - Friday, May 24, 2013

Earlier this week our union held its biennial conference in Wollongong where a number of important matters were discussed. 120 delegates from across NSW and the ACT had the opportunity to raise issues, debate matters and adopt policy positions that impact on CEPU/ETU members.

A more comprehensive conference report will appear in the next LiveWire but some of the items covered at conference included:

  • Superannuation.
  • OH&S matters including safety committees, cross industry safety matters, communication, asbestos safety, changes to Workers Compensation and the possible provision of defibrillators in some industries.
  • Industrial and legal matters including how ETU members can access the services of NEW Law when making a workers compensation claim.
  • National Licensing and the national apprentice wage case.
  • Improvements to union communications including social media and the launch of a new & improved website; and
  • Improvements to ETU membership such as Journey Cover Insurance.

These items were discussed over a period of three days and the input from delegates was very much appreciated. It is the effort of our delegates that often goes un-noticed and without thanks, so I would like to say a big thank you to those members that take on the role of delegate in order to represent your colleagues, without you our union would not be as strong as it is.


As mentioned the union has launched a new website. Our last website was launched in 2009 and was in need of an overhaul. The union had four objectives in this overhaul including – introducing the ability for new members to join the union and pay online, simplify the layout and navigation, provide relevant and real time information and incorporate our social media accounts with the website.

Members will also now be able to request an electronic copy of their agreement through the website and access news, updates and notices relevant to your workplace and industry through the new industry groupings on the home page.

I encourage all members to have a look at the new website (www.etunsw.com.au) and we will continue to look at ways to improve interaction with members online.


One of the benefits of ETU membership is access to our annual education scholarships for members, their children and grandchildren. Nominations for this year close at the end of June so I encourage all members, your children or grandchildren that are studying at diploma level or high to submit an application.

We will be awarding six scholarships each worth $2,000 to assist with education expenses. You can read more about the ETU Education Scholarships here.