Ausgrid has backpaid an estimated $3 million to around 300 tradespeople after union action led by ETU delegate Jamie Baker.
The backpay rectifies underpayments to ETU members forced onto rolling short-term contracts between 2014 and 2016. The contracts and a skills assessment missed by Ausgrid saw workers paid less than EBA rates.
With assistance from ETU organisers, Jamie built a winning case for backpay.
The outcome was payments averaging $10,000 for affected lineworkers, electricians and cable jointers.
Jamie, a lineworker at Oatley depot, said the episode demonstrates the value of union membership.
‘Credit to Ausgrid for doing the right thing in the end, but it was ETU support that got us there’