Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

LAUNCH: ETU Combined Power Industry EBA Campaign

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 29, 2020

The ETU is launching our Combined Power Industry EBA campaign – bringing together thousands of members from five electricity companies.
 
The aim is to speak with a powerful united voice on industry-wide issues – like job security, privatisation, funding cuts, safety and the pandemic.
 
I am asking you to join in this very important campaign:

A united industry-wide campaign will strengthen the position of members at each company: including Ausgrid, Endeavor Energy, Essential Energy, Transgrid and Evoenergy.
 
Our campaign is guided by a Steering Committee of senior ETU delegates from each company, working with ETU officials.
 
Most importantly, we are working together to demand job security across the industry.
 
5,000 jobs have been cut over five years and, at some companies, further redundancies are also planned.
 
The ETU warned these cuts went far too deep. Sadly, recent blackouts, bushfires and extreme weather events have proved our point.
 
Enough is enough! Will you add your voice to our campaign against forced redundancies?
 
Please take 2 min to fill this important EBA survey with your feedback:



Ausgrid

Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZHFXSFL

 

Essential Energy

Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5HXNTRR

 

Transgrid

Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8L533T

 

Endeavour

Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9L7TX5

 

Evoenergy

Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KYTN8ZP

 

We’ll get back to you with more about our Combined Power Industry EBA campaign – and what it means for you and your workmates.
  
For more information, contact your ETU organiser.




Ausgrid Redundancies Process update

Bruce Fan - Thursday, July 04, 2019

Notice to Ausgrid Members

Bruce Fan - Thursday, June 27, 2019

Notice to Member - The Use of Annual Leave/ RDO’s for Stand Down Periods

Bruce Fan - Friday, March 29, 2019

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.

Darran Miller

(Acting ETU Organiser)

M: 0447 784 572   

E:Darranm@etunsw.com.au


ETU SAFETY BAN ON ALL WORK RELATING TO Post “A” PRIVATE POLES

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Last week ETU overhead delegates from across Ausgrid met with management in a bid to come up with a safer system of work to deal with the workplace hazard of Post A (private) poles. The result of that meeting was a modified tool box talk which addresses our outstanding concerns and covers the new procedure as well as the introduction of an iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template created to enable a proper hazard assessment of Post A Poles. The ETU through our delegates is now satisfied that these two processes if followed correctly, will control the hazard. As a result of these improvements agreed to by Ausgrid; The Safety Ban on working on Post A Poles is now lifted subject to the following;

  1. Work can only occur on Post A pole after you have received the latest tool box talk and the associated instructions and understood them.
  2. The iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template must be used by all staff to assess the condition of private A poles prior to commencing work.

The meeting last week also discussed longer term solutions to problems identified which need to be developed including;

  • Improved Training requirements, scheduling and methods for delivery of training (classroom or in field)
  • Pre-inspection of poles during the planning phase
  • An on-going review and monitoring of Field Services A Pole inspection template (work instruction) on iAuditor

 

The ETU and Ausgrid have also committed to discuss private A pole specifications with members of the appropriate regulatory committees that are responsible for making representation on Ausgrid's behalf for asset issues affecting NSW Service and Installation Rules and application Australian Standards. These discussions will include making representations for the standards to insist on private poles being made of a material which is not subject to the corrosion that a steel pole is.

Mark Buttigieg

ETU Organiser

0417 208 447

UPDATE 4.30PM: POST A PRIVATE POLES.

- Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Following urgent discussions with Ausgrid management this afternoon the ETU has agreed that work on Post A private poles can only proceed where an elevated work platform (EWP) is used. In circumstances where an EWP is used to perform work on Post A private poles all Ausgrid procedures relating to work on Post A private poles should be followed.

THE BAN ON CLIMBING POST A PRIVATE POLES REMAINS IN PLACE AND NO ETU MEMBERS SHOULD CLIMB POST A PRIVATE POLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to the use of EWP’s for Post A private pole work or the climbing ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity,
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

IMMEDIATE WORK BAN ON ALL POST A PRIVATE POLES

- Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The ETU has been made aware of an incident that occurred yesterday where a Post A private pole collapsed whilst an Ausgrid employee was climbing the pole. This incident has resulted in the hospitalisation of the employee.

The union has always opposed the climbing of Post A poles due to the uncertainty of their installation and the inability to fully test the poles integrity. For that reason the ETU has moved this morning to ban all work on Post A private poles until an investigation has been undertaken and corrective action agreed to.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to this work ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity, 
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

Notice To Members 25 June 2018

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 25, 2018

ETU Youth Meeting - June 14

- Monday, June 04, 2018

Come and join us on Thursday 14 June for pizza and beer and to talk about issues affecting electrical apprentices in the work place.

Come along and meet Tara Koot, the ETU's apprentice officer, have your say and meet other like minded electrical apprentices.

FRIABLE ASBESTOS FOUND AT AUSGRID DEPOT

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 04, 2018

If you are an ex-Ausgrid employee and think that you may have had exposure at Hornsby Depot, please email the company at;

askausgrid@ausgrid.com.au and copy me in at markb@etunsw.asn.au

Or telephone health services on; 02 49101413