I am writing to provide an update on the status of EA negotiations with Essential Energy.
As you are aware the unions last week withdrew the planned protected industrial action for this week (we would have been on strike today if that notice had not been withdrawn) to enable the union to continue negotiations with the most senior Essential Energy bosses.
This was not an easy decision but necessary to continue to show our commitment to good faith negotiations.
Next week is critical in the negotiations and there is a fair amount going on, as follows;
Monday 4 November at 1030 the ETU is in court at the Fair Work Commission to extend our protected action period by a further 30 days. At present our protected action period would end on 15 November but with the extra 30 days this will take is up to 15 December. Without the extra 30 days our last day to give notice of intention to take industrial action is Tuesday 5 November.
Monday 4 November Essential Energy to have the DRAFT document and the redundancy policy to the unions in the morning.
Monday 4 November the ETU lawyers and the Essential Energy lawyers are scheduled to meet to discuss options on the Scope argument at 2pm.
Monday 4 November the ETU and Vince Graham to meet at 3pm to review the Scope and the DRAFT document, including the union model clauses and the Redundancy Policy.
Tuesday 5 November all parties will further consider and review the DRAFT document and the positions on Scope (Good luck in the Melbourne Cup).
Tuesday 5 November the last day the Union can give formal notice of industrial action within the first 30 day period.
Wednesday 6 November the employee negotiating committee meets at the ETU offices in Sydney at 10am to see if there is any progress on the agreement.
The ETU will advise members of the progress of the negotiation and depending on what happens there will be communication with delegate’s on Tuesday 5 November at midday or Wednesday 6 November around 2pm. Delegate’s will be notified in the usual manner.
These negotiations are complex and have required the use of legal experts including barristers. It makes you wonder how workplaces without Union representation would manage if the negotiations went as pear shaped as they have been at Essential Energy. Management would have ALL the power and the workers would suffer.
It’s a good reason to JOIN YOUR UNION.
Yours in Unity,