On Wednesday 2nd March, the Endeavour Energy Combined Unions held a meeting with all Delegates where we discussed the Company’s latest EBA offer as outlined in Endeavour’s Employee Update No.15 (1/3/16).
Endeavour’s Current position: Base Proposal
Endeavour Energy’s base proposal remains:
Three year agreement term
Two year wage freeze, followed by a 2.5% increase.
Combined Delegates response:
No agreement to this – wage outcome open for discussion dependant on the outcome of the rest of the Proposed EBA.
Endeavour’s Current Position: Key Proposals
The below changes are the proposals Endeavour Energy believes are essential to meet the long-term interests of customers, the business and employees.
An end to indefinite redeployment – Don’t be fooled this means FORCED REDUNDANCY.
Freeze Maturing Allowance
Electrical License Allowance eligibility changes*
Modernised consultation clause
Modernised disputes clause
* Endeavour Energy is still waiting for the Federal Court to hear their appeal on the Electrician’s Licence Allowance. They understand the hearing has been set for May.
Combined delegates response:
Redeployment: No agreement to accept Endeavour’s proposal - Scope for further explore some changes to the current provisions in respect to being redeployed, suitable alternative Employment within Endeavour, provided with trailing etc.,but clearly NO SCOPE to discuss any “FORCED REDUNDANCY” component of this, being mindful that Endeavour has reached its minimum staffing requirements of 2,100 employees due to the April 2015 AER Final Determination.
Maturing Allowance: No agreement to accept Endeavour’s proposal - Scope to further explore some changes to the current provisions.
Electrical License Allowance: Not open for discussion as this will most likely be decided in the Federal Court.
Consultation Clause: No agreement to accept Endeavour’s proposal – As Endeavour’s proposal eliminates the Employees right to Procedural Fairness. There is NO SCOPE for further discussion on this point.
Disputes Clause: No agreement to accept Endeavour’s proposal – As Endeavour’s proposal eliminates the Employees right to Procedural Fairness. There is NO SCOPE for further discussion on this point.
Endeavour’s Previous proposals
The following proposals from our previous offer have been put aside in management’s current proposal:
Reduce long service leave
Cease defined benefits super top up
Removal of “all purpose” allowances
Reduce call out minimum hours paid
Reduce pre-arranged overtime minimum hours paid
Transfer of depot payment change
Overtime travel allowance change
Management say if we don’t reach agreement on the current key proposals, management may revisit the previous proposals listed above.
Combined delegates response:
The Delegates and Unions don’t accept the principle of Negotiations by Ultimatum.
The Combined Union Delegates endorsed the Negotiating Team to continue negotiations with Endeavour in an attempt to achieve an outcome which is in line with the 3 core principles;
Maintain Conditions of Employment, and
Reasonable wage outcome.
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