Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

Update: Endeavour Energy drug & alcohol testing dispute

Peter Moss - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Dear Endeavour Energy members, here is an update of the Drug & Alcohol Testing dispute.
Yesterday afternoon concluded the five-day arbitration hearing at Fair Work where the parties presented their evidence, heard witness statements and advocated their respective positions before His Honour, Deputy President Sams, to consider.
DP Sams has reserved his decision but hasn’t indicated when his decision will be handed down.
Until His Honour hands down his decision the Status Quo remains, that is, the current Alcohol and Other Drugs Procedure stands. Not the Company’s proposed procedure.
In Unity Brad Currey, ETU organiser

Save Essential Energy's jobs

Bruce Fan - Thursday, August 08, 2019

Essential Energy Fact Sheet

Bruce Fan - Thursday, August 08, 2019

DEPOT TOUR: ETU TEAM ON THE ROAD FIGHTING TO SAVE REGIONAL JOBS

Peter Moss - Tuesday, August 06, 2019
ETU Secretary Justin Page and organiser Lawrie Duff are on the road visiting Essential Energy members in north-western NSW – including Quirindi, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Manilla and Barbara.

Seven ETU organisers are driving to all corners to meet with Essential members over the company’s plan to axe 682 jobs.

‘We’re talking about saving jobs wherever possible and protecting the interests of members and communities,’ said Justin.

‘Members are fuming at the incompetent and uncaring approach taken by management. The company has failed to communicate and failed to treat workers as human beings.

‘Essential Energy has also failed to consult as required under our EBA. CEO Cleland provided an inadequate response to just one of four letters from the ETU,’ said Justin.

The fight is far from over as the ETU pursues all options to minimise job losses.

‘We are developing genuine cost-saving alternatives to job cuts. We are building support for political action to save these regional jobs. We are providing ongoing support and information to workers,’ said Justin.

‘We will not let Essential management ride roughshod over our loyal regional members’

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work

Bruce Fan - Monday, August 05, 2019

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work.

Ausgrid Redundancies Process update

Bruce Fan - Thursday, July 04, 2019

ETU to lodge dispute over Essential Energy redundancy

Bruce Fan - Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Notice to Ausgrid Members

Bruce Fan - Thursday, June 27, 2019

SAFETY ALERT NSW ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION

Peter Moss - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

ETU FORCES SAFEWORK TO RECOGNISE MEMBERS’ RIGHT TO UNION REP AT INTERVIEWS

Peter Moss - Thursday, April 11, 2019
ETU members have the right to be represented by their union at interviews during SafeWork NSW investigations.

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