Members and supporters,
Your EBA negotiating committee met with FXA management on Monday 01st August 2016 in a bid to further progress the EBA claim. Further progress was made in the areas of the introduction of GPS and Travelling time. No progress was made in the areas of the pay claim and the introduction of a Status Quo provision for disputes.
Areas of progress on outstanding issues
GPS Tracking as stated in the last update the company has agreed to drop their claim for tracking employees. Instead the proposal is that a volunteer group of employees would participate in a pilot / trial program which would assist FXA in developing a model proposal to be put to employees with a view to subsequent implementation being subject to employee acceptance of the model. The ETU had requested more detail around the parameters on how the trial would be implemented and in the event of full implementation on what basis that would occur. Fuji as of yesterday have come up with the following detail in response;
Additional GIS information as proposed in EA Meeting 14
FXA would like to retain the ability to continue pilot phase testing of GIS with a target of no less than 20% of volunteer employees proportioned by state. To ensure geographic coverage we are seeking minimum of 2 engineers per team or 1 for smaller teams where 2 would be greater than 20%.
The pilot phase is to capture the benefits to the customer, the organisation and employees in order to validate benefits.
Clauses previously tabled regarding FXA assurances to be included in the EBA regarding the implementation of GIS stand.
13.2 FXA undertakes that the introduction of global positioning technologies.
13.2.1 Will not to be used as a disciplinary tool.
13.2.2 Will not be sold to 3rd parties.
13.2.3 Utilised within the privacy act 1988.
13.2.4 Will not be used to track individuals outside of normal business hours of the employee including annual leave, RDO’s and personal leave.
The implementation of GIS will be subject to consultation with employee and union representation and can only be introduced through the life of this agreement with the consensus of a 75% majority of field acceptance through an employee vote.
Travelling Time As resolved at the mass meeting on Thursday 28th July, the Company’s proposal that payment of excess travelling time be paid only after travelling occurs over 35km outside the Technicians nominated district was deemed unacceptable. This was communicated at the meeting with FXA as well as NSW members’ view that it was not a matter of compensation but leeway regarding start times. We made the point that the members believed such leeway should be time based not km based. In the same correspondence as the above GIS proposal FXA yesterday, have come up with the following graduated km based proposal;
First Call of the Day- Start Time Adjustment
It is proposed that calls assigned as first call of the day have a start time grace period under the following circumstances: From time to time to meet our customer obligations we may need to assign calls outside of the employees accustomed working area, or district.
Lack of progress on outstanding issues
Pay Rise The current company offer of a $2,000 pay rise in years 1 and 2 of the Agreement and $2,300 for years 3 and 4 stands, with FXA not prepared to offer any more.
Dispute Settlement Procedure (DSP) The current company proposal FXA of retaining the current DSP which has no provision for invoking of status quo remains the company position notwithstanding the fact that the ETU has proposed a set of limiting circumstances under which status quo could be invoked.
At the last mass meeting NSW members gave unanimous delegated authority to take more protected industrial action if a suitable resolution was not reached. As a result a 4hr legal industrial action stoppage of work will occur between the hours of 1:00pm and 5pm Thursday 11th August July 2016. During this time members should attend a stop work meeting to be held at Rosehill Bowling Club, Hassall St, Rosehill. As of 1pm, members should be proceeding to their allocated job then proceed to the above location for the meeting. Your attendance at the meeting is critical.
If you are not a member of the union it is illegal to take this protected industrial action. If are not in the ETU and you want to do the right thing and join in a collective effort to help you and your mates – please go to the website and join today.
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