This post includes:
- PAB reportback
- ETU members stoppages 15/9
- Combined Unions EBA Webinar 9-10 am, 15/9
- Safety Commitment
ETU member stoppages Wednesday 15/9
All ETU members described below should take the following stoppages on Wednesday 15 September:
Day and rostered shift workers: Four one-hour stoppages 9-10 am, 10-11 am, 11 am-12 pm, 12-1 pm (Safety Commitment applies, see below)
Afternoon (CAW) and rostered shift workers: Four one-hour stoppages 5-6 pm, 6-7 pm, 7-8 pm, 8-9 pm (Safety Commitment applies, see below)
Please note, these are legally Protected stoppages, not bans. You will be docked up to four hours’ pay if you participate in each stoppage, you will not be docked for the full day.
Combined Unions EBA Webinar 9-10 am 15/9
All ETU members please attend Combined Unions EBA Update Webinar 9-10 am on Wednesday 15 September.
You will receive an update of the Ausgrid EBA campaign with time for member questions.
Hear from ETU Secretary Allen Hicks, ETU organisers and senior delegates, and Combined Unions officials.
Please see below for the links and numbers that will give you access to the meeting via Zoom:
1. Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads:
You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162
2. Join Zoom via your computer:
You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162
3. Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline:
1) Dial 08 6119 3900 or 08 7150 1149
2) and enter ID 88248508162#
This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on a mobile phone:
ETU members vote 92% YES for new Protected Industrial Action
ETU members at Ausgrid have delivered an overwhelming YES vote of at least 92 per cent to all questions in their second Protected Action Ballot.
The results of the second Ausgrid PAB in three months were released this morning by the Australian Election Company.
Around 60 per cent of eligible workers voted in the Ballot which strongly approved seven new forms of legally Protected Industrial Action.
The list includes: ‘An unlimited number of indefinite or periodic bans on Field Staff Switching for planned or programmed work (except to “Make Safe” in a Fault and/or Emergency situation).’
Powerful statement of strength & unity
I thank and congratulate all ETU members who participated in this Ballot.
Your overwhelming YES vote is a powerful statement that Ausgrid workers remain strong and united after 10 weeks of industrial action.
Thanks also to our great team of ETU delegates who have steered this EBA campaign through weekly meetings over several months. Your contribution has been enormous.
Management under huge pressure
The PAB result should make Ausgrid management reconsider the aggressive anti-worker approach that we have seen throughout this dispute.
CEO Gross and his team have not substantially improved the EBA offer tabled in February 2021 – a wage freeze, continuing indefinite job cuts, and forced shift work.
Make no mistake, Ausgrid management is under huge pressure from our campaign for a fair EBA.
We’ve seen Gross and another senior manager announce their departure from the company.
Ausgrid’s operations are severely restricted by your Protected Industrial Action, which has protected safety at all times.
Super funds named & shamed
The ETU has ramped up a media, political and community campaign that has named and shamed the industry super funds that majority-own Ausgrid.
The CEOs of those super funds have been deluged by more than 20,000 emails supporting our fair EBA campaign.
On 20 September, the Ausgrid board will meet with the ETU and combined unions, the ACTU, and Directors of the industry funds.
Ausgrid’s refusal to make an acceptable offer, and the company’s continued delaying tactics, are on the agenda for that meeting. The company’s position is viewed as unsustainable by all parties.
Endeavour Energy industry standard
In recent weeks we saw genuine negotiations at Endeavour Energy deliver a fair outcome for all parties.
ETU members at that company will enjoy pay rises totalling 7.95 per cent with improved conditions including the Electrical License Allowance. Employer super contributions will climb to a guaranteed 16.5 per cent.
Compare this negotiated outcome to the bitter pill that Ausgrid wants you to swallow – the proposed wage freeze would mean a serious reduction to real wages in a year where official inflation sits at 3.8 per cent.
Families would be hit hard by the forced shift work Ausgrid plans to impose. And Ausgrid employees would be denied the legislated super increases every other Australian worker will get.
Stay strong, stay united
Together we will defeat this attempt to cut your wages, conditions and job security.
Stay strong, stay united and stay the course.
Please read on for critical information about ETU member stoppages on Wednesday 15 September, and the Combined Unions EBA Webinar 9-10 am on the same day.
Proud to be union
Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT
Here is the applicable Safety Commitment:
As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:
1. the System Operators, Area Operators and Despatch rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and
2. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOPs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rescue Service Officers / Coordinators, and Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on the on-call roster who are taking protected action, will:
(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;
(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and
a) in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and
b) in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).