Electricity, Water and Utilities
Electricity, Water and Utilities
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.
(Acting ETU Organiser)
M: 0447 784 572
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;
- Work can only occur on Post A pole after you have received the latest tool box talk and the associated instructions and understood them.
- 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.
0417 208 447
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).
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).
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.
- Recruitment and Selection Policy (refreshed Merit Appointment Policy)
- Work Level Standards (policy document detailing the complexity of work within bands)
- Performance Development Policy (the way performance is assessed against the performance standards)
- Performance Standards (what is meeting and exceeding expectations)
The delegates listed on the following page who were elected at the Delegates meeting on 12th April will meet on Wed 16th May to discuss the matter and provide feedback to Ausgrid. These delegates will then liaise and update with delegates in all the depots from each work group. This process will carry through until CCR is finalised.
In the meantime, all members should be aware that the cut-off date for submissions of skills assessments under the current system is 31st May 2018. Both during the agreement negotiations and since, Ausgrid have consistently undertaken to take a flexible approach to applications for skills assessments under the current system given the impending freeze to take place on 31st May.
I encourage all members who think that they may be eligible for an assessment to submit these applications before the cut off. If members experience any difficulty with local management regarding acceptance and processing of such applications, they should in the first instance contact their local work place delegate who will take the matter up and escalate as necessary.
CCR LEAD DELEGATES Consultative Structure
DAVID COSTELLO; HOMEBUSH; ENG OFFICER-NET TEST
GEOFFREY METZNER ZETLAND ELEC TECH PROTECTION
KRAMEL PETER; DEE WHY ENGINEERING OFFICER
GUERRERA GINO; ZETLAND; ADMIN OFFICER
RUSSELL SEAN OATLEY; ELEC TECH PROTECTION;
PAGE TIMOTHY; Asset Access Zetland
JARMAN HUW; CONTROL ROOM SYDNEY; SYSTEM OPERATOR
DOOLAN PETER; NEWCASTLE CONTROL ROOM; AREA OPERATOR
LINHART GEOFF; OURIMBAH; DISTRICT OPERATOR
WHITTON, MICHAEL; HOMEBUSH ELEC TECH ELEC SERV
CLARK STEPHEN; OURIMBAH; EMSO
COOK BENJAMIN; WALLSEND ADMIN; ENGINEERING OFFICER;
ESO AQUEOUS WASTESMITH RUSSELL; THORNTON/HOMEBUSH;
MCGOWAN GARY; WALLSEND; CABLE JOINTER
MORAN SIMON; POTTS HILL
GREEN TRENT; WALLSEND; ELEC TECH SUBSTATION
MURPHY TIMOTHY; SILVERWATER; TRAINING ADVISOR
HERRERA RAYMOND; HOMEBUSH; WORKSHOPS
YOUNG SIMON; MENAI; ELECT TECH METERING
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