Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU Youth Meeting - June 14

Paul Lister - Monday, June 04, 2018

Come and join us on Thursday 14 June for pizza and beer and to talk about issues affecting electrical apprentices in the work place.

Come along and meet Tara Koot, the ETU's apprentice officer, have your say and meet other like minded electrical apprentices.

FRIABLE ASBESTOS FOUND AT AUSGRID DEPOT

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 04, 2018

If you are an ex-Ausgrid employee and think that you may have had exposure at Hornsby Depot, please email the company at;

askausgrid@ausgrid.com.au and copy me in at markb@etunsw.asn.au

Or telephone health services on; 02 49101413 

Formal CCR consultation kicks off — 31 May deadline for review under skills-based system

Peter Moss - Tuesday, May 15, 2018
On Tues 8th May lead CCR delegates met with Ausgrid management and myself to open formal consultation on the detail to be contained in CCR as previously outlined during the recent EBA negotiations. The following areas of the CCR were discussed with Ausgrid presenting their starting position;

  • Recruitment and Selection Policy (refreshed Merit Appointment Policy)
  • Work Level Standards (policy document detailing the complexity of work within bands)
  • Performance Development Policy (the way performance is assessed against the performance standards)
  • Performance Standards (what is meeting and exceeding expectations)

The delegates listed on the following page who were elected at the Delegates meeting on 12th April will meet on Wed 16th May to discuss the matter and provide feedback to Ausgrid. These delegates will then liaise and update with delegates in all the depots from each work group. This process will carry through until CCR is finalised.

In the meantime, all members should be aware that the cut-off date for submissions of skills assessments under the current system is 31st May 2018. Both during the agreement negotiations and since, Ausgrid have consistently undertaken to take a flexible approach to applications for skills assessments under the current system given the impending freeze to take place on 31st May.

I encourage all members who think that they may be eligible for an assessment to submit these applications before the cut off. If members experience any difficulty with local management regarding acceptance and processing of such applications, they should in the first instance contact their local work place delegate who will take the matter up and escalate as necessary.

In Unity,
MARK BUTTIGIEG



CCR LEAD DELEGATES Consultative Structure

DAVID COSTELLO; HOMEBUSH; ENG OFFICER-NET TEST
DCOSTELLO@AUSGRID.COM.AU
0408461534

GEOFFREY METZNER ZETLAND ELEC TECH PROTECTION
GMETZNER@AUSGRID.COM.AU
0404189081

KRAMEL PETER; DEE WHY ENGINEERING OFFICER
PKRAMEL@AUSGRID.COM.AU
0422570060

GUERRERA GINO; ZETLAND; ADMIN OFFICER
GINOGUERRERA@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0414192101

RUSSELL SEAN OATLEY; ELEC TECH PROTECTION;
SEAN.RUSSELL@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0422994968

PAGE TIMOTHY; Asset Access Zetland
PAGETIM7166@YAHOO.COM.AU;
0434398192

JARMAN HUW; CONTROL ROOM SYDNEY; SYSTEM OPERATOR
HJARMAN@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0419011955

DOOLAN PETER; NEWCASTLE CONTROL ROOM; AREA OPERATOR
PMDOOLAN@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0468300299

LINHART GEOFF; OURIMBAH; DISTRICT OPERATOR
GLINHART@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0408681277

WHITTON, MICHAEL; HOMEBUSH ELEC TECH ELEC SERV
MWHITTON@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0415549487

CLARK STEPHEN; OURIMBAH; EMSO
STEPHEN.CLARK@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0400682320

COOK BENJAMIN; WALLSEND ADMIN; ENGINEERING OFFICER;
BCOOK@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0490075511

ESO AQUEOUS WASTESMITH RUSSELL; THORNTON/HOMEBUSH;
RLSMITH@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0407944568

MCGOWAN GARY; WALLSEND; CABLE JOINTER
GMCGOWAN@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0400675487

MORAN SIMON; POTTS HILL
SMORAN@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0439481425

GREEN TRENT; WALLSEND; ELEC TECH SUBSTATION
TGREEN1@AUSGRID.COM.AU
0490070974

MURPHY TIMOTHY; SILVERWATER; TRAINING ADVISOR
TMURPHY@AUSGRID.COM.AU;
0419185967

HERRERA RAYMOND; HOMEBUSH; WORKSHOPS
RHERRERA@AUSGRID.COM.AU
0449264776

YOUNG SIMON; MENAI; ELECT TECH METERING
SIMON.YOUNG@PLUSES.COM.AU

ETU State of the Union Meetings

Paul Lister - Thursday, May 10, 2018

ETU Secretary Dave McKinley is travelling across NSW and the ACT over the coming months to meet ETU members. Dave will report back on recent industrial matters and provide you with an update on the major Change the Rules campaign that the ETU in NSW is playing a leading role.

The State of the Union meetings will kick off with the following four meetings, additional dates and locations covering the rest of the state will be provided as they are confirmed:

  • Wednesday 23 May - Sydney West - Revesby Workers Club, 2b Brett St Revesby
  • Thursday 24 May - Sydney East - Randwick Labour Club, 135 Alison Rd Randwick
  • Wednesday 30 May - Central Coast - Erina Leagues Club,
  • Thursday 31 May - Newcastle - Hunter Workers, Level 3 / 406-408 King St Newcastle

All members are invited to attend and must RSVP for catering purposes, finger food and drinks will be provided from 7pm. Please email your name, mobile number and event location/date to joannet@etunsw.com.au or call 02 9267 4844 and ask for Joanne.

We look forward to seeing you at your local State of the Union meeting.

Strong majority of Ausgrid members vote in favour of offer.

Paul Lister - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Yesterday afternoon the Ausgrid EBA ballot was counted with almost three quarters of the workforce voting to accept the offer which delivers an immediate $1,600 cash payment and an immediate 2.75% pay increase to all ETU members.

The agreement, which will now be registered, includes pay increases totalling 7.5% over three years, no forced redundancy with caps in place post 2020, a $1,600 cash payment equivalent to an additional 1%-2% depending on each individual’s salary.

The official result of today’s ballot was:

YES  73%
NO    27%

ETU members should be proud of their colleagues on the negotiating committee who secured what remains one of the best industrial agreements in the country that furthers the interests of ETU members in the workplace.

The following items remain as important features of the agreement;

  • No forced redundancies with strict caps in place beyond 30 June 2020 in a post privatisation environment.
  • The agreement retains some of the best pay rates and conditions in the country.
  • 15% superannuation which interstate ETU distribution agreements - both private and public - can only dream of.
  • $1,600 up-front payment on top of 7.5% wage increases over the next three years.

Distribution agreements struck by other states under friendly Labor Governments have only been able to achieve annual increases of 3% with no cash payment. When it comes to 15% superannuation, a 20 year old NSW ETU member at Ausgrid will be more than $300,000 better off in retirement than if they worked for a distributor in any other state.

The overwhelming feedback from members has been that they are happy negotiations are over and they are looking forward to an immediate pay rise.

The ETU has always said that we support the democratic process which gave all members the opportunity to have their say while carefully considering the facts. The ETU has always said that if members rejected the offer we would escalate the campaign to secure additional benefits.

Some members may be disappointed with some elements of the outcome however this agreement will present a solid platform from which to build in 2021 and still delivers superior outcomes from other agreements around the country.

Following privatisation in other states the electricity distribution workforce was decimated with thousands of workers losing their jobs, we have dodged this bullet through strict caps.

Our job now, with the support of ETU members is to ensure that the detail of CCR scheme and its operation is fair and that employees have an opportunity for decent future career progression.

Personally, I would like to thank every single ETU member for your patience and understanding in what has been a long and very difficult negotiation. Our delegates deserve particular mention, in particular your negotiating delegates who worked tirelessly and forcefully to secure an agreement that three quarters of the workforce support.

As always I am available to answer any questions you may have.

In unity,
Mark Buttigieg

Ausgrid EBA Voting Update

Bruce Fan - Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Please find the latest Ausgrid video update from ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg reporting on Ausgrid EBA voting results.

Any questions please call Mark Buttigieg on 0417 208 447.

 

SAFETY ALERT - TAKATA AIRBAGS

Paul Lister - Friday, March 02, 2018

Dear ETU Members.

Product Safety Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Governments Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this week issued a product recall relating to Takata Airbags. This recall is compulsory due to significant safety risks and affects a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motor cycles.

THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

If your employer has any of the affected vehicles in their fleet you should first contact your supervisor to find out if the mandatory recall work has been completed or to report that your vehicle is impacted by the product recall.

The ACCC has advised the following:

It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

If you have any issues arising in the workplace relating to the operation of affected vehicles please immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
Secretary

Ausgrid EBA Update - 27 Feb

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Members

The time has come to vote on the offer put forward by Ausgrid.

I want to say from the outset that the ETU negotiating team has done an outstanding job to get to the position we are in. The negotiations have been long and arduous and your committee has met every challenge thrown up at them in a highly professional manner.

Four years ago we were fighting to ensure that Government did not gain the ability to decimate the workforce down to unparalleled levels and strip away long held conditions such as the 15% super. The agreement that you are to vote on goes nowhere near what has been long threatened and in fact enhances some of your current conditions.

This EBA provides wage increases of 7.5%, which is close to what other states have delivered under friendly Labor Government's. In addition to the annual pay increases the proposed agreement also provides a one off payment of $1,600 per employee which represents an additional 1% to 2% in year 1 depending on each individuals salary. The Agreement locks in no forced redundancies until June 2020 and then caps future potential redundancy beyond the expiry date of the agreement. There are changes to the agreement, such as fortnightly pay, sick leave occasions without certificates and leave at half pay, the ETU does not and has never supported these items and your negotiating committee have fought to have them excluded from the final document however Ausgrid management have refused to take these items out. Never the less I believe that the agreement is the best that is achievable through the negotiation process and without a protracted industrial campaign.

All in all this agreement leaves members in a position where we have retained superior wages and conditions to other distribution companies around the country whilst ensuring that possible redundancies beyond the expiry of this agreement are kept to a minimum.

The following motion was passed at today’s delegates meeting, that sets out our position over the coming few days.

“This delegates meeting notes the majority support indicated by members for the proposed Ausgrid agreement. Accordingly the combined union delegates endorse the proposed agreement being put to a formal vote. In the event that the agreement is voted down the Union will notify of our intention to take protected industrial action. If the agreement is accepted it will be sent to the Fair work Commission for certification.”

Unfortunately I am unable to attend the Newcastle vote but I will address the Sydney meeting.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
SECRETARY

Union members to decide EBA direction at depot meetings next week

Peter Moss - Friday, February 16, 2018
We urge all union members to attend depot meetings being held across Ausgrid next week to discuss your EBA. This is your chance to have your say directly to management and to ensure your voice is heard by your unions.

Your views will determine the direction of our EBA campaign from this point – is the current offer from management good enough to vote on OR do we need an industrial campaign to fight for an improved offer? That decision will be made by you, our members, next week at these depot meetings.


Background of the document

on 14 February 2018, the negotiating committee met at Ausgrid HOB to finalise the agreement negotiations before Ausgrid circulates a complete document for mass membership consideration. The main elements of that document were detailed in the previous combined union notice dated 2 February and remain in place. This notice can be found at; http://www.etunsw.asn.au/power-water-and-utilities/industrial-action-on-hold-conditional-agreement-on-key-elements-negotiations-to-continue-members-to- At the meeting of the 14th, delegated authority was granted to union officials to finalise any last-minute drafting changes before the document is distributed by Ausgrid and sent to the lawyers. You should now be in possession of a copy of that document.

About the depot meetings

To explain the main elements of the agreement and to gauge member sentiment on the document Ausgrid has, at the request of the unions, agreed to a series of two hour paid depot meetings in the lead up to the final vote. At these meetings Ausgrid management will speak to all employees, without the union present, for the first hour. The second hour will involve union officials’ and delegates explaining the offer and taking questions from members without Ausgrid management present. A schedule of these depot visits appears on the last page of this notice. This process gives members ample opportunity to give feedback to Ausgrid Management and Union Delegates and Officials on the appetite for the Agreement.

What happens next

Delegates meeting to confirm members’ decision; the aim is that by the time a reconvened delegates meeting is held on Tuesday 27th February we will be in a good position to understand the sentiment of our members on the agreement and be able to recommend either an endorsement or an escalated industrial campaign in accordance with our FWC granted 30-day extension of industrial action. It is important that members understand that the agreement which has been distributed has been taken as far as possible by your negotiating committee and the officials. Any further concessions will require a concerted industrial campaign and that will be the subject of discussions during the depot tours. We strongly urge all members to attend these important EBA briefings as it will be the last chance to voice your feelings on the document before either a final vote for endorsement or industrial action. If you have any questions, please contact your workplace delegate or your organiser.

Mark Buttigieg
ETU organiser

Schedule of depot meetings




Ausgrid EBA negotiations - 5 Feb

Bruce Fan - Monday, February 05, 2018

Please find the latest Ausgrid video update from ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg reporting on Ausgrid EBA negotiations.

Any questions please call Mark Buttigieg on 0417 208 447.