Electricity, Water and Utilities
Electricity, Water and Utilities
Seven ETU organisers are driving to all corners to meet with Essential members over the company’s plan to axe 682 jobs.
‘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.
Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work.
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
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.
(Acting ETU Organiser)
M: 0447 784 572
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- Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work
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- ETU to lodge dispute over Essential Energy redundancy
- Notice to Ausgrid Members
- SAFETY ALERT NSW ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION
- ETU FORCES SAFEWORK TO RECOGNISE MEMBERS’ RIGHT TO UNION REP AT INTERVIEWS
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