Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

On Thursday 27th April 2017 the ETU was notified that the Fair Work Commission has raised a number of compliance issues with the Fuji Xerox Australia – Customer Support Organisation Enterprise Agreement 2016. For your information I have included those issues on the following page.

 

Despite our repeated requests the company has yet to give us a briefing on how they intend to address the issues. Our understanding is that most of the issues can be sorted out with undertakings and are technical compliance issues in nature which when rectified will have no effect on the agreement. Having said that they obviously need to be sorted out.

 

To avoid any confusion around issue 5b) in particular, which deals with minimum rates of pay, this does not affect current members in any case because there are no members on this classification rate of pay.

 

This latest debacle is yet another unnecessary and regrettable delay to the process which could have well been avoided had FXA paid more attention to detail. It is however important that members understand that there will be no material effect on the agreement as negotiated. All the applicable back pay and conditions will still be honoured. As soon as we have a briefing from FXA on how they intend to address the issues and comply we will notify members.

 

On another note the union movement will be celebrating May Day this Sunday 7th May with a march and family fun day commencing 12:00 at Hyde Park Nth and ending at Prince Alfred Park. At the end of the march there will be food, rides and entertainment for the kids. I encourage all members to attend this great event and stand with us to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the union movement and the contribution that all unionists have made to Australian society over the past 150 years. I have attached a flier to the notice – please encourage your friends and family to attend.



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You will have or will be receiving your official ballot and return envelope to vote on managements proposed EBA. All members would have received a copy of the agreement which was emailed to you last week by the company. The ballot paper and reply envelope has be mailed to your home address.
 
The ETU encourage all members to read thru the proposed EBA thoroughly and consider how the agreement affects your workplace/workmates, you as an individual and your family. We also refer members to our previous notices outlining how well the company is performing as a result of your hard work and commitment – you can click here to read our previous notice.

Here are some facts to consider:

  1. Due to the inability to set the maximum rostered week at 40 hours under the proposed agreement the company can refer to the award. Under the award a working week can be rostered with as many as 60 hours per week as long as the roster cycle (field technician - 8-10 weeks) maintains a 38 hour average per week. Wages can be adjusted according to rostered hours for any given week.
  2. Away from home allowance will only be payed when working OUTSIDE YOUR COST CENTER.
  3. Under the agreement it is possible that actual weekend earnings could fall as a result of reduced working hours.
  4. During the EBA roadshows the company estimated the total value of the EBA package to be between circa $400,000, please read our earlier notice on just how well the company is performing.
  5. The company estimates the rollout costs of GPS/AWS to exceed $2 MILLION DOLLARS. So the company is prepared to spend four time more on monitoring than investing in their people.

It is essential all members vote and it is up to you how you vote. Please submit your sealed vote directly to your delegate, unit manager or use the reply paid envelope.

It’s up to Members to Decide.

The ETU Will respect the view of members. If you vote to accept this agreement the ETU will be party to the agreement and we will continue to represent you in the workplace by making sure any new agreement is enforced.

If members vote to reject the agreement, we will return to the negotiating table with your negotiating committee/delegates and seek to secure an improved offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your delegates or ETU Organiser Ben Lister on 0400 264 007 / benl@etunsw.asn.au

Dear Colleague

Below you will find a link to a copy of the ETU NSW submission to the NSW Government’s approach to deregulating the apprenticeship system, the ETU NSW Branch submission was lodged Monday afternoon.

CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SUBMISSION.

The ETU NSW Branch has sought the assistance of the McKell Institute in preparing the submission.  The McKell Institute formulated the response based on industry commentary from bosses, the Union, TAFE teachers & regulators.  There is also generous input from the training industry.

Concerns about many issues are included. Here are just a few:-

  • Registered Training Organisations providing dummy training or no training at all.
  • The capacity for workers to enter Apprenticeships as independent contractors or casuals.
  • Continued reduction in face to face theory education.
  • Use of apprentices as cheap labour and supervising each other.
  • Bullying of apprentices by bosses and some tradesmen.
  • Wage rates that are so low apprentices are finding it difficult to survive.
  • Trade outcomes reduced with less rigor on the Trade.
  • Less rigor on the Trade means it’s easier to get an Electrical License and that means our Trade is undermined.

This is our biggest fight ever and I will be ensuring that we develop and initiate a campaigning approach to this matter.

Please read the report thoroughly and hold meetings in your workplace to bring the issues to the attention of your workmates. Please use the elements of the report to talk to apprentices and get them to join the campaign and join the Union.

Please feel free to forward the report on to as many of your acquaintances as you can – workers, bosses and trainers alike.

The ETU NSW Branch are going to campaign strongly on this issue and your assistance and support will be essential.

In unity

Steve Butler
Secretary

 

Dear Members,

On Monday 26th September we will be attending a Fair Work conciliation conference before Deputy President Bull at 2pm at the Fair Work Commission, William St Sydney. The conference was applied for by FXA and is supported by the ETU in accordance with the mass meeting that was held on Monday 29th August 2016.

The conference will seek assistance from President Bull on resolution of the outstanding matters of;

1. The inclusion of a Status Quo provision as part of the Dispute Settlement Process that maintains the working arrangements that were in place prior to a dispute until the dispute is resolved and 
2. An improved travelling time clause which recognizes the extensive time delays incurred by technicians when travelling across the FXA service area.

By nature this conciliation process is non-binding on both parties but often can have a positive effect on resolving outstanding issues.

We will be putting the case that these things are matters of great consequence for our members and to that end we intend to represent your interests with an optimistic view and open mind on the matters but in a forthright manner which argues the case as to why these measures are absolutely necessary.

If members are willing to attend the conference it is always a valuable experience for our membership and also adds value and transparency to the process to actually have real workers at the hearings - please contact me if you are interested.

Finally, if you are fortunate enough to have benefited from what your colleagues and their activism in the union have done for you over many years of agreement negotiations and representation and you are still not in the ETU, why not do the right thing ? Join in the collective effort to help you and your mates.

Please go to the website and join today. There is never a better time to get with the strength and join your union.

In Unity
Mark Buttigieg
markb@etunsw.asn.au / 0417 208 447

Following the ETU’s last notice outlining just how well Aristocrat are doing financially, largely as a result of a highly skilled and committed workforce including machine technicians, management are going to move ahead by circulating a draft agreement for employees to vote on.

Management have increased their offer following the ETU’s notice last week but it is now up to members to decide if this deal is good enough. The ETU recognises that the wage offer has increased from the original 2% but we will let members decide if the deal is good enough.

Below is an update on what management’s new offer/draft agreement is likely to include.

It’s up to Members to Decide.

The ETU Will respect the view of members. If you vote to accept this agreement the ETU will be party to the agreement and we will continue to represent you in the workplace by making sure any new agreement is enforced.

If members vote to reject the agreement, we will return to the negotiating table with your negotiating committee/delegates and seek to secure an improved offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your delegates or ETU Organiser Ben Lister on 0400 264 007 / benl@etunsw.asn.au

On Friday 19th August ETU members conducted a 24hr stoppage and during that time a mass meeting was also held to discuss the progress of the EBA negotiations. At that meeting it was resolved that the outstanding issues of inclusion of status quo in the Dispute Settlement Clause and Travelling Time still needed resolving before an Agreement could be settled. In a bid to reach an outcome and recognize the company’s concerns with the current Dispute Settlement Clause clause being proposed by the ETU, it was decided that a compromise form of the status quo provision be put the company. The words proposed would more clearly restrict the circumstances under which status quo could be invoked. In terms of travelling time, members remained unhappy with the current FXA proposal based on the lack of recognition of time it takes to get to jobs which are inappropriately allocated too far away from technician’s homes.

Today the negotiating committee met with management and they rejected the compromise clause put regarding status quo which would have restricted the invoking of status quo only to circumstances where the company introduced change which had a major effect on a majority of employees. Fuji Xerox rejected the proposition citing examples such as if FXA wanted to make employees redundant or if the parent company dictated a new process or policy, then status quo would hold this up. On the issue of travelling time Fuji Xerox were unwilling to accept a compromise and maintained their most recent offer of 15 minute incremental start time concessions for every 25km travelled outside the district boundary.

Given the stalemate, the company stated that it wished to apply to the Fair Work Commission for assistance via conciliation and undertook to maintain the current offer in full, on the condition that all industrial action cease. The negotiating committee took the view that this process may be helpful but that we could not confirm our agreeance with this until we have consulted our members at a mass meeting.

To that end there will be a mass meeting held at 4pm on Monday 29th August at Rosehill Bowling Club to discuss the proposal. All members are expected to attend. This is a management approved meeting to discuss the above proposed way forward and all members are expected to attend.

If you are not in the ETU and you want to do the right thing and join in a collective effort to help yourself and your mates – CLICK HERE AND JOIN THE ETU TODAY ONLINE.

The NSW Branch of the ETU/CEP has donated $10,000 towards the fighting fund to support the 55 sacked CUB workers in Melbourne who are members of the ETU and the AMWU.

On top of this NSW construction industry members chipped in a further $2,000 out of their own pocket while an AMWU/ETU fundraiser last Wednesday night saw another $5,000 raised bringing the total to almost $20,000.

ETU Secretary Steve Butler said that the actions of CUB were un-Australian which is a far reach from a company that trades so heavily on what it is to be an Australian.

“As an act of solidarity these funds will be provided to help support the effected workers and assist their campaign for full re-instatement” said NSW Secretary Steve Butler.

“This is what being union is all about, standing united and supporting each other in times of need.”

“I have personally visited the picket line in Melbourne and I have meet these workers and understand what they are going through as a result of this bastard act from their employer.”

“I am proud of our membership in NSW for stepping up to the plate to support our brothers and sisters in Victoria during this dispute.” said Steve.

“I encourage all members, their families and friends to consider supporting other brands when next visiting the local bottle shop.” Steve said

ETU members at Fuji Xerox business machines downed tools today for a 24 hour period after the company refused to include fairness provisions in a new enterprise agreement.

Negotiations have been ongoing for some time with the company originally wanting to strip back wages and conditions to pre 1996 levels however through union power and negotiations Fuji Xerox has been unable to achieve this.

A number of fairness provisions remain outstanding which employees at Fuji Xerox want to see included in any new agreement, these include:

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without resolving differences with employees that the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. Flexibility from the company on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other that currently have unreal expectations placed on them.

ETU Organiser Mark Buttigieg said that Fuji Xerox workers were left with no option but to down tools for a period for 24 hours in an attempt to unlock the current stalemate over what are basic rights every worker should enjoy.

“It’s not as though we are demanding double digit pay increases or restrictive work practices” said Mark Buttigieg.

“The outstanding matters are basic rights that all workers should enjoy, it comes down to fairness and realistic expectations and we believe the company should come to the party on these matters” Mark said.

“Today’s action saw a great turnout from members at Fuji Xerox and shows that these highly skilled workers are prepared to stand by each other to secure a decent and fair outcome.”

“Following a stop work meeting held earlier today we are calling on management to return to the negotiating table and accept these fairness provisions.” said Mark.

Fuji Xerox Industrial Action

Posted on 18-8-2016

FXA members and supporters,

As you all know the negotiations with Fuji Xerox have been tough and protracted. Remember where this started – with Fuji wanting to strip away numerous conditions and pay which had been hard fought for over many years.

Let’s remember FXA’s starting position which would have taken the Agreement backwards to a pre-1996 position;

  • Slash redundancy payments down to a 52 week cap for new starters. Playing off new employees against existing.
  • Eliminating the car allowance option for new starters. Again playing off new employees against existing.
  • Slashing the car allowance for existing employees down to $12,893 and an increase in the excess km threshold before allowing claims. (Originally they proposed ending the car allowance).
  • A measly $1000 annual increase to the base.
  • No other allowance increases .
  • Introduction of satellite vehicle tracking.

Thanks to the resoluteness and collective effort of ETU members these things were taken off the table and we are now at a point where we are fighting tooth and nail just to get some sensible improvements in the Agreement;

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without having resolved differences with a group of employees who the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. A little bit of flexibility from FXA on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other and being expected to be there at 8:30am.

It’s not too much to ask a multinational company with over a billion dollar turnover in Australia that makes huge profits. All we want is for them to treat their employees with decency by recognising their employee role in that profit by having a fair and reasonable Agreement.

In accordance with the unanimously supported resolution of the last mass meeting held at Rosehill Bowling Club on Thursday 11th August there is a legally sanctioned 24hr stoppage;

Commencing: Midnight tonight Thursday 18 August 2400hrs

Ending: Midnight Friday 19th August 2359Hrs.

All members are expected  to not attend duties during this time. Note there is no requirement under the Fair Work Act to inform your employer of your intention to take protected industrial action.

A mass meeting will be held tomorrow Friday 19th August: 10am Rosehill Bowling Club (Corner Hassall St / James Ruse Drive Rosehill.

This is a critical point in the negotiations and it is absolutely critical that everyone attends so we can hear everyone’s views and feedback.

Non-attendance will be taken as supporting whatever decision the meeting takes tomorrow.

ETU members are aware that we have been in negotiations for a new EBA that delivers improved pay and conditions. Members would also know that Aristocrat in recent years has hit the Jackpot so to speak, all you need to do is look at their performance over the past year, I have included this on the next page so members can understand exactly how well Aristocrat are doing.

After ONLY 3 EBA MEETINGS management have now told us that the next meeting, scheduled for 25 August, will be the final negotiating meeting. Rather than continue good faith negotiations management have said that they intend to circulate a new agreement for employees to vote on. So what are they offering? 

 

Aristocrat Can & Should Do Better…

In the past year Aristocrats share price has doubled. This has not been through management waiving a magic wand – this growth has been driven by the hard work and commitment from you, the workers.

Last year revenue grew by 47% to over $1 Billion and profits grew 53% to $372 million and on top of this shareholders received a 25% pay increase in their dividends.

So where to from here?

Through negotiations management and the union have been able to agree on some improvement such as Living Away from Home Allowance, Team Leader Allowance and we are working on options around personal use of work vehicles and cashing out of sick leave however nothing has been agreed to in these areas.

IT IS THE ETU’S POSITION THAT WE ARE STILL IN NEGOTIATIONS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO SECURE A FAIR AND DECENT OUTCOME FOR MEMBERS. YOUR BARGAINING UNIT CONSIDER MANAGEMENTS OFFER TO BE DISINGENUOUS AND ON THE VERY LOW SIDE GIVEN THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL POSITON AND STRONG PERFORMANCE.

Members should take the time to update your details with the union to ensure you receive up to date information and any employee who is not currently a union member is encouraged to join. If you have any questions or would like to JOIN THE ETU, contact Ben Lister on 0400 264 007.

ALL EMPLOYEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO VOTE NO SHOULD MANAGEMENT PUT OUT AN AGREEMENT THAT INCLUDES THE LOW PAY INCREASES AND POOR CONDITIONS OUTLINED IN THIS NOTICE.