Electricity, Water and Utilities
Electricity, Water and Utilities
Members should have received ballot papers from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the Ausgrid Agreement bargaining protected action vote. The ballot closes on Monday 8th January. Given the Christmas break now is realistically the last chance members will have to exercise their vote. Tick yes to all three categories of questions on the ballot paper and return it immediately via post or a workplace delegate:
1. Fill in your ballot paper by ticking yes to all three questions.
2. Put your ballot paper in the declaration envelope and seal it.
3. Sign the voter’s declaration on the declaration envelope.
4. Place the declaration envelope in to the reply-paid envelope and post it immediately.
If for some reason you do not have the reply-paid envelope you can place the completed declaration envelope inside a normal envelope (no need for a stamp) and address it to;
Australian Electoral Commission
Reply Paid 1326
Haymarket NSW 1239.
If you are unable to get to a post box – give the sealed envelope to your work place delegate who will post it on your behalf. If you have any issues with your voting papers call the AEC on 9375 6361.
While we continue to have productive discussions with Ausgrid over the Career capability and Remuneration scheme (CCR) we must retain the option to take protected industrial action in case we cannot negotiate an acceptable outcome. To achieve this - all members should vote yes to all the questions and return the ballot papers ASAP. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a very happy and relaxing Christmas and thank you for your support during the year.
0417 208 447
More than 2,600 Essential Energy workers will celebrate the New Year with a 2% pay rise.
The increase is the first of four now locked in after ETU members overwhelmingly approved their new enterprise agreement today.
More than 96 per cent of employees who voted gave the thumbs up to a 3.5 year EBA.
The deal will deliver total increases of between 7%-8.25% while maintaining all existing conditions.
ETU Assistant Secretary Justin Page welcomed the strong turnout and huge ‘yes’ vote.
‘This agreement delivers modest pay rises and job security without trading off the conditions we have,’ said Justin.
‘It was achieved without industrial action and is wrapped up before the current EBA expires.
‘That’s great news for our members at Essential Energy. No-one deserves a pay rise more than these workers.’
Justin thanked ETU delegates for negotiating the agreement.
‘This positive outcome is the result our delegates’ hard work and dedication. At depots across NSW, ETU delegates are the heart and soul of the union.
Ausgrid Protected Action Ballot
Members will this week receive ballot papers from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the Ausgrid Agreement bargaining protected action vote. The ballot is open to all union members and is being conducted for us to have the legal right to take protected industrial action should thatbecome necessary.
Given that Christmas holidays are upon us it is critically important that all members exercise their vote immediately by ticking yes to all three categories of questions on the ballot paper and returning it via post or a workplace delegate;
- Fill in your ballot paper by ticking yes to all three questions.
- Put your ballot paper in the declaration envelope and seal it.
- Sign the voter’s declaration on the declaration envelope.
- Place the declaration envelope in to the reply-paid envelope and post it immediately.
If you are unable to get to a post box – give the sealed envelope to your work place delegate who will post it on your behalf.
Important: If ongoing discussions do not result in what we think is an acceptable package to put to delegates and members, then we must send Ausgrid a clear message that we mean business by taking protected industrial action. To achieve this - all members should vote yes to all the questions and return the ballot papers ASAP.
VOTING ON YOUR EBA CLOSES 5 PM THURSDAY
Don’t forget to have your say on the agreement which will set your wages and conditions until 2020.
The proposed EBA will deliver between 7%-8.25% in pay rises over 3.5 years – with the first 2% paid to you on New Year’s Day 2018.
All existing conditions have been maintained.
Vote in the electronic ballot using the password emailed to you.
Please find latest Ausgrid video update for instructions on completing the Ausgrid protected action ballot ASAP - which members will be receiving now.
Any questions please call Mark Buttigieg on 0417208447.
ETU members at Transgrid have maintained and improved conditions in the first enterprise agreement negotiated since the company was privatised two years ago.
A four-year EBA will deliver total pay rises of 8 per cent, with two instalments of 2 per cent set to land at Christmas and then New Year.
The agreement includes better redundancy pay, superior remote working arrangements and a pacesetting 10 days domestic violence leave.
Photo: Col Waring
Veteran ETU negotiator Michael McManus said the outcome meets the priorities set by members at depot meetings.
‘We’re reasonably happy with it. The wage increases are not big but for the blokes the primary aim was to secure our conditions and avoid trade-offs,’ said Michael, a site manager in Yass.
‘It’s not perfect but the payments for forced or voluntary redundancy are now significantly higher than the National Employments Standards.
‘We’re very happy with the domestic violence leave – 10 days helps our people and makes Transgrid a national leader,’ said Michael.
Col Waring, a substation advisor and ETU negotiator, said ‘we’ve accepted an offer that does the minimum’.
‘It’s a reasonable outcome in a tough environment for the electricity sector. We’re 100 per cent privatised and our workforce is under pressure,’ said Col, who works at Eastern Creek.
‘We had to protect jobs and full-time employment, particularly in rural areas. We need stability and security. This EBA delivers that along with improved conditions and a reasonable pay rise for the future.’
Transgrid workers are now entitled to up to 62 weeks redundancy pay, far above the 12 weeks contained in the National Employment Standards.
The EBA provides that employees working away from home are uniformly entitled to claim a day ‘sustenance rate’ instead of being paid ‘actuals’ (receipted expenses).
A new flexible arrangement for remote work means employees working away for long periods will enjoy more leave when they get home.
ETU Secretary Dave McKinley, who led negotiations, said the maintenance of conditions met ‘our members’ biggest concern’.
‘Our team protected all key conditions while enhancing others with an eye to the future.
‘Transgrid is likely to take on more contestable work including huge projects such as interconnectors in South Australia and Queensland. This will require extended periods of remote work which will see our members benefit under clauses in this EBA,’ said Dave.
Transgrid operates almost 13,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission network in NSW and the ACT.
The company was sold by the NSW Government in December 2015 to a consortium composed of Australian, Canadian and Middle Eastern investors.
The four-year EBA, expiring in December 2020, covers around 900 employees including up to 400 ETU members.
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