Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU SAFETY BAN ON ALL WORK RELATING TO Post “A” PRIVATE POLES

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Last week ETU overhead delegates from across Ausgrid met with management in a bid to come up with a safer system of work to deal with the workplace hazard of Post A (private) poles. The result of that meeting was a modified tool box talk which addresses our outstanding concerns and covers the new procedure as well as the introduction of an iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template created to enable a proper hazard assessment of Post A Poles. The ETU through our delegates is now satisfied that these two processes if followed correctly, will control the hazard. As a result of these improvements agreed to by Ausgrid; The Safety Ban on working on Post A Poles is now lifted subject to the following;

  1. Work can only occur on Post A pole after you have received the latest tool box talk and the associated instructions and understood them.
  2. The iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template must be used by all staff to assess the condition of private A poles prior to commencing work.

The meeting last week also discussed longer term solutions to problems identified which need to be developed including;

  • Improved Training requirements, scheduling and methods for delivery of training (classroom or in field)
  • Pre-inspection of poles during the planning phase
  • An on-going review and monitoring of Field Services A Pole inspection template (work instruction) on iAuditor

 

The ETU and Ausgrid have also committed to discuss private A pole specifications with members of the appropriate regulatory committees that are responsible for making representation on Ausgrid's behalf for asset issues affecting NSW Service and Installation Rules and application Australian Standards. These discussions will include making representations for the standards to insist on private poles being made of a material which is not subject to the corrosion that a steel pole is.

Mark Buttigieg

ETU Organiser

0417 208 447

UPDATE 4.30PM: POST A PRIVATE POLES.

Paul Lister - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Following urgent discussions with Ausgrid management this afternoon the ETU has agreed that work on Post A private poles can only proceed where an elevated work platform (EWP) is used. In circumstances where an EWP is used to perform work on Post A private poles all Ausgrid procedures relating to work on Post A private poles should be followed.

THE BAN ON CLIMBING POST A PRIVATE POLES REMAINS IN PLACE AND NO ETU MEMBERS SHOULD CLIMB POST A PRIVATE POLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to the use of EWP’s for Post A private pole work or the climbing ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity,
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

IMMEDIATE WORK BAN ON ALL POST A PRIVATE POLES

Paul Lister - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The ETU has been made aware of an incident that occurred yesterday where a Post A private pole collapsed whilst an Ausgrid employee was climbing the pole. This incident has resulted in the hospitalisation of the employee.

The union has always opposed the climbing of Post A poles due to the uncertainty of their installation and the inability to fully test the poles integrity. For that reason the ETU has moved this morning to ban all work on Post A private poles until an investigation has been undertaken and corrective action agreed to.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to this work ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity, 
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

Notice To Members 25 June 2018

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 25, 2018

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

Bruce Fan - 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 (Please find the picture below about the time and address):

  • Monday 20 August - Moruya & Bega
  • Thursday 21 August - Wagga Wagga - Wagga Wagga RSL Club, Dobbs Street
  • Wednesday 22 August - Deniliquin & Griffith
  • Thursday 23 August - Temora & Young 
  • Friday 24 August - Cowra 

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.