Electricity, Water and Utilities
Electricity, Water and Utilities
This basic right was confirmed yesterday after the ETU sought an injunction in the Federal Court.
ETU officials had been excluded from the first employee interviews in SafeWork’s investigation into the fatal accident on Ausgrid’s network last week. A 39-year-old father, an ETU member, died.
The union’s legal action saw SafeWork NSW agree to three points guaranteeing the rights of ETU members:
1. ETU members have the right to two representatives at such interviews
2. An ETU representative will be at investigation interviews whenever requested by an ETU member
3. Employees must be given 24 hours notice of interviews with the right to nominate representatives in advance.
ETU NSW Assistant Secretary Ben Lister said the outcome ‘protects union members from coercion and bullying during SafeWork investigations’.
‘These investigations are extremely serious matters. Our members need the combination of industrial relations and electrical safety expertise that only the ETU can bring.
‘It is fair and right that our members will be represented by their union on request,’ said Ben
The Use of Annual Leave/ RDO’s for Stand Down Periods
It has come to the attention of the ETU that members are being asked to use their personal
leave or RDO’s prior to and following planned overtime night work rather than being paid the 10 hr stand down period in alignment with unplanned overtime or out of hours call out as per
the Ausgrid Agreement 2018.
The ETU’s position is that Personal leave and RDO’s are not to be used for Ausgrid to accommodate stand down periods following out of hours planned overtime. They are as the name would suggest to be used as personal leave to be taken for personal use.
Feedback from members indicates that this happens consistently throughout the regions and can be easily remedied by work groups being united across all depots refusing to use their personal leave or RDO’s for Stand Down Periods.
Ausgrid should rethink the scheduling and programming of out of hours overtime and you should get to use your personal leave for what it was intended.
Should you have any further questions or comments regarding this matter please speak to your local delegate or feel free to contact me directly.
(Acting ETU Organiser)
M: 0447 784 572
It has come to the attention of the ETU that members are being asked to perform limited operating duties such as replacing LV fuses without Ausgrid being able to confirm their 2B limited operating competency in accordance with the Electrical Safety Rules. Such instances have resulted in disciplinary outcomes which members have been subjected to and which the ETU have represent them in.
The ETU have requested of Ausgrid a list of all people who have competency in accordance with the ERS’s but Ausgrid management at Ourimbah have as yet been unable to provide this list. Furthermore, a safety alert has been submitted by a member associated with this issue which Ausgrid have failed to publicise or produce. It appears Ausgrid do not even know who has competency and who has not and may have failed to keep people up to date in accordance with the Ausgrid Safety Rules.
Members should be aware of the following requirements of Ausgrid’s Electrical Safety Rules;
Branch Managers must make sure that restricted operators (other than a limited Class 1) use their skills at least four times a year (i.e. once per quarter) to maintain competency. Employees with a limited Class 1 operating authority must use their skills at least ten times a year to maintain competency.
The ETU recommends that all members with Limited Operating qualifications not participate in any limited operating duties unless members have documented evidence from Ausgrid that they have satisfied the above criteria. This safety precaution should remain in place until members are advised by Ausgrid of their verified competency and / or Ausgrid ensures that the competency criteria are satisfied for the individual.
Rory Fletcher Acting Organiser;
Organiser Mark Buttigieg will be on special duties running the ETU’s anti-privatisation campaign. I will be acting Ausgrid Organiser in his absence.
Acting ETU organiser
0402 919 537 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Buttigieg, ETU organiser
The ETU is aware of the tragic death of Hossam Ibrahim after an incident on the Ausgrid network on Saturday night.
Our thoughts are with Hossam’s family, friends and community. We also acknowledge the ETU members who attended the scene.
Today ETU officials met with Ausgrid to try and further our understanding of the incident at Punchbowl. We raised concerns in relation to current processes at the company.
Ausgrid has undertaken to get back to the union on a number of questions and issues. We will keep members informed as more information becomes available.
The ETU will always advocate for safety to be paramount across the electricity industry for the protection of the public and employees.
ETU NSW Secretary
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