Over the past month Ausgrid have written to the ETU on two occasions advising us that in their opinion the 5-year job guarantee’s secured by The Hon Rev Fred Nile are NOT GUARANTEED.
Ausgrid have been quite forceful in pressing their view that the company can in fact introduce forced redundancy if the Fair Work Commission agree and Ausgrid have not ruled out going down this path to push for the introduction of forced redundancy.
Additionally, Ausgrid have advised that the minimum number of employee’s or “appropriate staffing level” set at 3,570 for Ausgrid in the employment guarantee legislation as a number must also take into consideration the number of contractors working for the company and does not exclusively relate to the number of employees directly employed by Ausgrid.
As you can see YOUR MANAGEMENT know no bounds when it comes to attacking you and your working conditions. Members must be aware that the ETU will fight to secure these guarantees as we believe they were intended to be delivered by the NSW Parliament and Rev Fred Nile.
Last week I met with Rev Fred Nile who is furious with the NSW Government and Ausgrid for attempting to avoid what he believes is their obligation to provide 5-year job guarantee’s to all Ausgrid workers.
Rev Nile has given a commitment to the ETU to do whatever he can to ensure the job protections are secured and delivered beyond doubt as was intended by his job protection amendments. To this end Rev Nile has indicated that he will be seeking the government to include a clause in the sale/lease contract prohibiting the use of forced redundancy. In addition to this Rev Nile has indicated that he will seek to amend the job protection legislation to close any potential loop holes and he has also offered to appear in the Fair Work Commission as a witness supporting the ETU should Ausgrid or Endeavour Energy attempt to introduce forced redundancy through this method.
Friends, your management team are determined to sack as many people as possible, which may also result in the widespread use of contractors in place of direct employees.
Your current agreement does not permit the use of forced redundancy and in our view this is one condition that must be protected at all cost during EBA negotiations as this is the last line of protection for Ausgrid workers. Agreement to alter or remove this clause will result in mass redundancy as management, the NSW government and the new foreign owners seek to dramatically reduce employee numbers.
The ETU will continue to work with Rev Fred Nile on securing your 5-year job protections but in the meantime members should be aware that your management have declared war on you, your job security and your conditions.
P.S. Read the article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/fred-nile-demands-no-forced-redundancies-clause-in-poles-and-wires-sale-contracts-20160724-gqchkn.html