Today, the ETU and Star have agreed to undertakings which will allow negotiations for a single enterprise agreement to progress.
This is a positive step that opens a pathway towards a union EBA at Star, however today’s outcome is just the beginning. We now enter an intense 10-week negotiation period that will require maximum unity and commitment from all ETU members at Star.
Please note, the company and the Union have yet to reach agreement on a significant number of fundamental claims.
Our delegates and members have stood strong to get us this far. We need to build on that good work to achieve our goal of improved wages, conditions, safety and apprentice rights.
Today Star agreed in the Commission not to pursue a Multi-Enterprise Agreement for the next 10 weeks (up to 13 May). The company committed to bargain with the ETU for a single enterprise agreement during this period.
In return, the Union agreed to adjourn all action against Star and its managers for 10 weeks.
We look forward to meeting with Star management and our ETU delegates to bargain for the improved benefits that our members so clearly deserve.
We note that the company has agreed not to seek employee approval of any EBA in the next 10 weeks without ETU agreement.
Please see below for a more detailed summary of today’s Fair Work Commission outcome.
Stay tuned for updates or contact our Construction Team for more information.
Justin Page, Allen Hicks
ETU NSW & ACT Secretary ETU National Secretary
Contact the ETU Construction Team for more information
Fred Barbin 0437 031 840 Antony Stegic 0414 877 943
Steve Bankes 0414 877 553 Stewart Edward 0419 210 442
Lawrie Duff 0400 749 008 Nick Bligh 0475 284 234
Key outcomes from Fair Work Commission 4 March 2019
• The proceedings be adjourned for a 10-week period, called the “adjournment period”.
• For the entirety of the adjournment period, the parties agree to the following:
o The parties will endeavour to negotiate a single-enterprise agreement.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to take any steps to progress the multi-enterprise agreement. This includes, but is not limited to, seeking its employees’ approval of a multi-enterprise agreement.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to progress any Fair Work Commission or Court claims against the respondent, except in compliance with court orders that have already been issued.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to commence any new bargaining-related proceedings. This includes, but is not limited to, an application for a protected action ballot.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to seek its employees’ approval of a single-enterprise agreement unless that single-enterprise agreement represents an agreed position of the parties.
• This agreement is to be recorded with the Commission and either party has liberty to apply on 7 days’ notice.
I write to you today as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Electrical Trades Union.
Dave McKinley has decided to step down from his role as Secretary. At last night’s ETU State Council, I was unanimously endorsed as Branch Secretary of our great union. I am honored and privileged to be chosen to lead our union into the future.
After 28 years as an ETU member and official, I know many of you and I look forward to working had with you to improve the working conditions within our industry.
I entered the trade as an electrical apprentice at Tomago Aluminium in 1987. I served as an ETU delegate during some of the big industrial battles at the birth of enterprise bargaining.
In 2010 I became an ETU Organiser working out of Newcastle. In 2015 I was elected President of Hunter Workers. In 2016 I was elected ETU Assistant Secretary.
I’ve helped lead the union’s work across major sectors including Ausgrid, Essential Energy, generation and manufacturing. In 2017 I led our successful lobbying campaign to protect NSW electrical trades standards and security for apprentices.
Since my apprenticeship I’ve been proudly union. My commitment to the ETU and our members has never wavered.
My leadership team includes Ben Lister as ETU Assistant Secretary. Ben worked 15 years as an Ausgrid lineworker at West Gosford and was a delegate for most of that time. He was one of our key activists in the Your Rights at Work and Stop the Sell Off campaigns.
Since coming on board as an Organiser in 2014, Ben has worked with members in diverse industries including rail, manufacturing, distribution, solar, and construction and contracting. Ben is a skilled negotiator who was appointed a senior organiser in 2017.
Today we must build on those fine traditions while innovating for the challenges of the modern era. In recent years the ETU has embraced change in response to events such as the privatisation of the electricity sector. But we need to do more.
Under my leadership the ETU will deepen the Branch’s focus on growth. We must grow to build industrial and political power to achieve the best outcomes for all ETU members.
Our organising drive in construction and supply contracting has delivered strong early results. The ongoing success of these campaigns is essential to the future of the ETU, the integrity of our trade and the welfare of electrical workers everywhere.
I want to acknowledge and thank Dave McKinley for his many years of service to ETU members.
I look forward to working with you as we embrace the challenges ahead with optimism, courage, determination and unity.
Secretary ETU NSW
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