Posted on 16-11-2016
As you are aware the new owners of Ausgrid, Australian Super and IFM Investors (Industry Super Funds), are due to take over the management of the company in the coming weeks. The ETU is aware that the new owners are preparing to conduct a companywide roadshow to “sell” themselves to staff.
Don’t believe the spin, members should take this opportunity to pressure the new owners to commit to job protections covered by legislation through an ongoing commitment to no forced redundancy.
Unions, and Super Funds backed by union members, continually advocate for a different style of management, one of inclusion, respect and mutual benefits and this change in ownership presents an opportunity for Australian Super and IFM Investors to demonstrate their commitment to these principles.
The ETU is ready to negotiate and cooperate providing the interest of the workforce is acknowledged and secured. At the same time the ETU is ready to fight, regardless of who the owner is, to secure the intent of the job protection legislation through an enforceable agreement of no forced redundancy for the life of any new agreement. Your union is ready to launch a campaign if the new owners intend to deliver something different, a campaign that will involve high profile media, social media, political and grass roots activities.
Finally, I remind members that we have available to us a range of industrial action that we will draw upon if necessary however in the first instance we are prepared to negotiate in good faith to secure the outcome that Ausgrid workers deserve.
Your interest is our business and we will do whatever it takes to secure the best possible outcome.
PS The new management company Ausgrid Pty Ltd was registered on 20 October and their Board was subsequently announced with directors: Ashley Barker, Hugh Gleeson, Peter McGarry, Michael Hanna, Cath Bowtell, Jason Peasley and Prosper Sebafundi.