Today I met with representatives from the NSW Treasurers office to express in the strongest possible terms that a strong employment package is necessary in relation to the government privatisation plans.
Prior to the election Premier Mike Baird said that he would provide employment guarantees and protections for electricity workers but he has so far failed to consult with workers or their unions over such protections.
The ETU and other power industry unions last week tabled a list of employment guarantees which have been circulated to members and can be found in earlier updates. The ETU is pushing for a similar package to that provided to our members in the generation sector including job guarantee’s (Fred Nile is talking about 5 years which we support), transfer payments, continuity of service, superannuation protections and guarantees relating to apprentices to name a few.
While we are working as hard as possible to secure these arrangements it is clear that the NSW Government would prefer to provide much lower levels of protection similar to those provided to Port workers and Sydney Ferry workers which provided for 2 year job protections.
We continue to meet with MP’s from all party’s to ensure the strongest possible protections are secured however the fact remains that employment protections will be determined by Fred Nile and the Government.
The Upper House Inquiry will hold a deliberative meeting tomorrow with their final report due to be tabled in the Parliament on Tuesday after which time the Government will introduce legislation in the Upper House. It is my view that the legislation permitting the lease of TransGrid, Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy will be debated and voted on next Wednesday, this will include any employment protection package.
I again urge ETU members to again take action by calling or emailing your local MP. Click here for a list of contact details for your local MP.
In Unity - Steve Butler, Secretary.