Join us 11.30am Thursday 16 November - Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central Station).
Join us 11.30am Thursday 16 November - Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central Station).
The ETU has secured a big win for Endeavour Energy members relating to Long Service Leave accruals and how they are paid after ETU Member Nick McWhirter (Snr) stood up with the support of the union against Endeavour Energy.
The dispute centered around Long Service Leave entitlements and accruals where employee's change their working hours - ie moving from a 36hr/wk to 40hr/wk in Nick's case.
This dispute commenced in May last year and was subject to a number of meetings with the Company, Fair Work Commission Conciliation conferences, Fair Work Commission Arbitration Hearing (where the decision went against Nick & the ETU) and a Fair Work Commission Appeal before a Full Bench of 3 Commissioners…where Nick and the ETU team were successful. This is a big win and a precedent setting decision as a result of ETU action.
The dispute centered around the members Long Service Leave entitlement being identified and recorded in “Hours” which didn’t equate to his entitlement of “Weeks” he had accrued in accordance with the EBA for his “Years of Service”. This meant the member was being short changed his Long Service Leave entitlement worth approximately $9,500.00.
The Company has recorded the LSL entitlement the member had accrued while working a 36hr/wk arrangement, recorded in “Hours” not “Weeks”, and never adjusted the accrual for this period to accord with the remainder of his current “Years of Service” under a 40hr/wk arrangement.
In practical terms this meant that the member would be paid for taking his Long Service based on his current 40hr/wk wage (which is appropriate), however, because the LSL entitlement was being recorded in “Hours” not “Weeks”, and was never adjusted for his current 40hr/wk working arrangements, meant his recorded LSL would run out before his LSL entitlement accrual in “Weeks” was used (or paid out if he had left the Company) thus short changing his entitlement.
In short, in the Appeal we were able to demonstrate an error of the Commission’s Arbitration Decision regarding the interpretation of the Long Service Leave provisions in the EBA.
The Fair Work Commission Full Bench ordered (or words to the effect)
Check your LSL Accrued Entitlement
To all members who have changed their ordinary hours of work/week you might want to check your LSL entitlement. This can be done by dividing the LSL “Hours” recorded on your pay slip by your ordinary hours of work each week. This will identify your recorded LSL entitlement in “Weeks”. Then establish your actual LSL entitlement in “Weeks” from Clause 15 of the EBA and see if they are the same (if you have taken any Long Service Leave remember to deduct that amount).
If there is a difference, then you may wish to discuss this with your local Delegate, contact the ETU, or myself, to assist in resolving the anomaly.
Yesterday the ETU and other Unions conducted a joint full delegates meeting at the Liverpool Catholic Club, Hoxton Park in preparation for the new round of EBA negotiations which will be commencing next Thursday 14th Sept 2017.
The purpose of this delegates meeting was to endorse our negotiating team and discuss/debate and endorse the new claims that your negotiating team will be focused on throughout these negotiations to achieve a satisfactory outcome for all members to vote on…(hopefully).
We will be discussing the new claims at the meeting next week with the Company’s new negotiating team. If you wish to discuss these claims please talk to your local delegate who attended yesterday’s delegates meeting. The claims will be distributed post our meeting next week.
Your elected ETU Bargaining reps for these negotiations are;
and the ETU.
Further updates will be forthcoming as information comes to light or the situation demands it.
Remember, your safety is paramount to you, your family and your work colleagues…DON’T cut corners…it’s not worth it !
Yours in unity,
The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.
To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 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.
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;
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.
Brad Currey - Organiser - 0431 838 852 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The competition password is: Electric
In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.
Dave McKinley - Secretary
“This Joint Union Delegates meeting reject “Both Options”, as presented by Endeavour Energy. Therefore neither option is preferred. The unions are committed to continue the negotiations in good faith and re-affirm our 3 key principles of;
1. Job security;
2. Maintain conditions of employment; and
3. Reasonable wage increase.
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