Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

Save Essential Energy's jobs

Bruce Fan - Thursday, August 08, 2019

Essential Energy Fact Sheet

Bruce Fan - Thursday, August 08, 2019


Peter Moss - Tuesday, August 06, 2019
ETU Secretary Justin Page and organiser Lawrie Duff are on the road visiting Essential Energy members in north-western NSW – including Quirindi, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Manilla and Barbara.

Seven ETU organisers are driving to all corners to meet with Essential members over the company’s plan to axe 682 jobs.

‘We’re talking about saving jobs wherever possible and protecting the interests of members and communities,’ said Justin.

‘Members are fuming at the incompetent and uncaring approach taken by management. The company has failed to communicate and failed to treat workers as human beings.

‘Essential Energy has also failed to consult as required under our EBA. CEO Cleland provided an inadequate response to just one of four letters from the ETU,’ said Justin.

The fight is far from over as the ETU pursues all options to minimise job losses.

‘We are developing genuine cost-saving alternatives to job cuts. We are building support for political action to save these regional jobs. We are providing ongoing support and information to workers,’ said Justin.

‘We will not let Essential management ride roughshod over our loyal regional members’

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work

Bruce Fan - Monday, August 05, 2019

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work.

Ausgrid Redundancies Process update

Bruce Fan - Thursday, July 04, 2019

ETU to lodge dispute over Essential Energy redundancy

Bruce Fan - Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Notice to Ausgrid Members

Bruce Fan - Thursday, June 27, 2019


Peter Moss - Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Peter Moss - Thursday, April 11, 2019
ETU members have the right to be represented by their union at interviews during SafeWork NSW investigations.

This basic right was confirmed yesterday after the ETU sought an injunction in the Federal Court.

ETU officials had been excluded from the first employee interviews in SafeWork’s investigation into the fatal accident on Ausgrid’s network last week. A 39-year-old father, an ETU member, died.

The union’s legal action saw SafeWork NSW agree to three points guaranteeing the rights of ETU members:

1. ETU members have the right to two representatives at such interviews

2. An ETU representative will be at investigation interviews whenever requested by an ETU member

3. Employees must be given 24 hours notice of interviews with the right to nominate representatives in advance.

ETU NSW Assistant Secretary Ben Lister said the outcome ‘protects union members from coercion and bullying during SafeWork investigations’.

‘These investigations are extremely serious matters. Our members need the combination of industrial relations and electrical safety expertise that only the ETU can bring.

‘It is fair and right that our members will be represented by their union on request,’ said Ben

Notice to Member - The Use of Annual Leave/ RDO’s for Stand Down Periods

Bruce Fan - Friday, March 29, 2019

The Use of Annual Leave/ RDO’s for Stand Down Periods

It has come to the attention of the ETU that members are being asked to use their personal

leave or RDO’s prior to and following planned overtime night work rather than being paid the 10 hr stand down period in alignment with unplanned overtime or out of hours call out as per

the Ausgrid Agreement 2018.

The ETU’s position is that Personal leave and RDO’s are not to be used for Ausgrid to accommodate stand down periods following out of hours planned overtime. They are as the name would suggest to be used as personal leave to be taken for personal use.

Feedback from members indicates that this happens consistently throughout the regions and can be easily remedied by work groups being united across all depots refusing to use their personal leave or RDO’s for Stand Down Periods.

 Ausgrid should rethink the scheduling and programming of out of hours overtime and you should get to use your personal leave for what it was intended.

Should you have any further questions or comments regarding this matter please speak to your local delegate or feel free to contact me directly.

Darran Miller

(Acting ETU Organiser)

M: 0447 784 572