In my last notice I advised members that management had put forward an improved offer.
The improvements included:
- 9% wage increase - 3% p.a. over three years.
- Increases to apply to Field allowance, General Purpose allowance, Sydney special payment, stand-by and on-call allowances.
- General Purpose allowance to be extended to the Operator classification.
- A 9-Day fortnight for all award staff. and;
- Improvements to job security clauses including consultation, dispute settlement and contracting out clauses.
At a subsequent meeting some unions raised concerns over Scope, 9 Day Fortnight v Flex Time and Superannuation - I addressed these matters in my last notice.
On the balance of things the ETU did not consider the last offer to be bad or too far from where it needed to be, it simply need a few minor changes like Susso.
However, yesterday we received further correspondence from the company advising that due to the requested changes by other unions around flex time and scope that TransGrid have now reduced their wage offer.
Click here to read the company's new offer as of yesterday for your review.
While I may have been prepared to recommend support for the previous 3% p.a. offer had the necessary changes been made by management, I am in no position to recommend the latest offer to ETU members.
The Company’s latest offer is now worse than the pre-Christmas non union endorsed ballot where management suffered a massive defeat.
After undertaking preparations to visit depots later this week I received a last ditch call from management today seeking one final meeting on Thursday to see if the ETU’s concerns around Scope, Susso & 9-Day Fortnight for all award staff can be resolved.
Should management not be willing to reinstate the 3% p.a. wage offer and address the ETU’s concerns around Scope, Susso & 9-Day Fortnight I intend to visit all TransGrid locations next week to discuss our options.
I will circulate my schedule should a visit be necessary but I have pencilled in Wallgrove on Wednesday 11 March. Newcastle, Tamworth & Orange on Thursday 13 March & Wagga and Yass on Friday 14 March.
These meetings will be for ETU members only. I will discuss managements latest offer and I will be seeking your direction on where we go from here.
I believe that we must now consider what other options are available to us in order to achieve a resolution.
In the meantime if you have any questions please contact me.
Paul Sinclair - Deputy Secretary