Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

Endeavour Update: NO means NO!

Paul Lister - Friday, March 24, 2017

It’s little surprise that Endeavour Energy members voted overwhelmingly to reject Rod Howards and Managements “generous offer” to slash your conditions in the EBA vote this week. We always knew that this offer would go down in a ball of flames and management should not be surprised.

I want to recognise the efforts of your delegates, among the most committed ETU members, who without their contribution and dedication this EBA negotiation would be so much more difficult. I also want to congratulate all ETU members for taking a stand against these attacks on your working conditions by a CEO and management team who hold nothing but total disregard for fairness.

Yesterday’s result should send a clear message to Rod Howard and management that the offer they put on the table, an offer that would strip away your legislated protections, is just not good enough. This should also stand as a message to the new CEO of Endeavour Energy, whoever that might be once the company is sold, that they should not waste any more time or money in putting forward so called “offers” that leave workers worse off, unless of cause they too want a bloody nose like your current management team.

The ETU, on behalf of our membership, remain committed to securing a fair outcome and will continue to negotiate towards an offer that delivers on our three bargaining principles – no forced redundancy, no loss of conditions and a fair pay increase. I am hopeful that the new CEO and new owners will be more pragmatic when it comes to reaching an agreement.

As you are aware the negotiating committee will meet on 30 March and it now appears highly unlikely that a fair offer will be put before the Liberals privatisation transaction is complete, none the less we will keep you informed of any developments.

Again, congratulations to all ETU members for standing together in protecting our rights and for rejecting a disgraceful offer from a disgraceful management team lead by Rod Howard. If you look at Essential Enegry and Ausgrid, both company’s moved to dump their CEO’s and clean out management that presided over failed EBA negotiations, one can only guess the same will apply at Endeavour Energy.

Oh and by the way, I have included an interesting snapshot that appeared in yesterday’s paper outlining just how well Endeavour Energy are doing despite the AER’s ruling with the company posting higher than expected and very healthy profits.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
Secretary

Ausgrid Update - LV Incident & EBA

Paul Lister - Friday, March 24, 2017

Live L.V. Jointing accident.

On Monday 20th March at about 3am one of our members Jake Archer suffered a serious electric shock while performing Live L.V. underground jointing in a pit in the Sydney CBD. It is with great relief that I can report Jake is now recovering in hospital and is in a stable condition. If not for the diligence and training of his fellow ETU members who performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, this could have quite easily resulted in a fatality. Our thoughts are with Jake and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Live jointing is something that the union has raised concerns about in the past and the fact is that it results in far too many accidents. There is something seriously wrong with a system of work when it has to be done alive in preference to properly organizing and planning jobs in a way so that interruptions to supply have to occur and people can work safely on mains and apparatus in an isolated and de-energised state. To their credit and in consultation with the ETU, Ausgrid has today placed a suspension on all Live L.V. work – that includes suburban and Sydney CBD work. I have attached a copy of that suspension notice from Ausgrid. The union fully supports this suspension and will work with Ausgrid to understand the cause of this and other related accidents in a bid to develop better work processes around L.V. jointing. In the meantime I ask that everyone observes this suspension to the letter.

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUSGRID SAFETY NOTICE.

Ausgrid Agreement Negotiations.

Your negotiating team met with Ausgrid management yesterday in what was the third meeting under the new owners - Ausgrid Management Pty Ltd. Several matters were discussed including the following headline issues;

Redeployment / Redundancy; The combined unions have consistently made it clear that the employment security provisions of the legislation governing the recent lease transaction are non-negotiable. In a nutshell that means that there cannot be any forced redundancies prior to June 2020 when those job security provisions expire. For your information please see the attached resolution from the executive of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) which underwrites this position with support from the whole union movement. Ausgrid appear to be sympathetic to this point of view but have expressed concern as to how they will deal with surplus employees in the redeployee pool which they say will only grow in size over the life of the agreement.

Consultation / Dispute Settlement; Ausgrid have expressed concern over the time that consultation and disputes take and also raised an issue with the status quo provision of the disputes settlement procedure. The combined unions made it clear that the status quo provisions were not up for negotiation. In terms of the mechanics of the consultation clause, our view is that consultation can be made more efficient and expedited if consultation is both up front and genuine in nature i.e. not consultation on how a predetermined managerial decision is arrived at but consultation on ideas the organisation may be considering with opportunity for genuine input from our members. The point was also made that members and their workplace delegates needed to be given more autonomy, recognition and authority to negotiate early on during the process.

Classification structures and allowances; Discussion related to a more simplified and rationalised system of classifications and allowances which would involve multiskilling and the incorporation of allowances in to the classification hourly rates.

Smaller working groups have been formed off the main negotiating committee to formulate more detailed proposals from the unions in each of these areas. The delegates forming these groups are listed on the following page. I encourage all members who may have a contribution to make to feed this through their respective delegates up to these negotiating committee representatives. This is your Agreement and if you have input you should provide us with that so we can consider it as part of our position during the negotiations.

All proposals will be ultimately be brought back to the full negotiating team for approval before being tabled in the negotiations with Ausgrid. Please be aware that all negotiating positions are ultimately subject to the approval of further full delegates meetings should we begin to reach a negotiated outcome with Ausgrid.

On that note, I have to say that our experience with Ausgrid Management Pty Ltd at this early stage of the negotiations has been far more encouraging than the experience we had when the former (State Government) owners were on a mission to strip the company of cash and attack unions - prior to the sell off.

There is now genuine dialogue and a will on both sides to try and reach agreement on a number of keys issues. Whether this goodwill will be enough to transform in to proposals that will give effect to both parties’ interests remains to be seen, but we are much more positive about that prospect than we have had reason to be over the past 3 years.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL COPY OF THIS NOTICE.

Endeavour Energy to go to Ballot

Paul Lister - Monday, March 13, 2017

Dear Members,

On Thursday 2 March, at the EBA Negotiating meeting, your EBA Bargaining Team informed EnE of the outcome of the feedback sessions held with the members and the Joint Union delegates meeting.

Prior to us informing EnE of the outcome, as above, EnE had already made its decision of which “Option” they would choose to include into the proposed EBA to go to vote, and presented it to the bargaining team.  True to form, your employer chose the absolute worst option for the employees of the 2 options.

On Friday 10th March 2017, Endeavour Energy will be making available the EBA that they want for the required access period prior to the voting period which is from the 21st to 23rd March 2017.

Remember our 3 key principles, which has been repeatedly endorsed as an outcome to an acceptable EBA, which are;

  1. Job security
  2. Maintain Conditions of Employment; and
  3. A reasonable wage increase.

Their offer doesn’t tick the box for any of our above principles… Click here to read the full notice about the ballot and what it means for ETU members.

In Unity

Brad Currey - Organiser - 0431 838 852 / bradc@etunsw.asn.au

Footy Tipping Comp 2017 - Win a week at the ETU Holiday Cabins

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 02, 2017

With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.

We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE ETU FOOTY TIPPING COMP HOME PAGE.

The competition password is: Electric

In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.

In Unity,

Dave McKinley - Secretary