The union is aware that Essential Energy, Ausgrid and possibly Endeavour Energy have written to members stating that ETU members must advise the company in writing in order to increase your payroll deductions to reflect 2013/14 membership fees and the inclusion of the levy.
The increases to Union dues were determined in accordance with the rules of our union and were advised to management in the normal manner.
These employers have never had a problem with increasing deductions as advised by the union in the past and we can only assume that their fundamental shift in position has something to do with our so far successful Stop the Sell Off campaign and the union’s effectiveness in representing members employed by these companies.
Put simply the easiest way to circumvent this is for all members to now change from payroll deductions to direct debit.
To switch to direct debit complete the attached direct debit form and return it to the union either by reply paid post or by scanning and emailing it to the union (see details below).
If you wish to remain on payroll deductions please see the attached rates for 2013/14 of which you will need to advise payroll of in writing (an email is acceptable).
However, for those members opting to stay on payroll deductions we can no longer guarantee that you will continue to remain “financial” given that these sorts of games are likely to continue, this may leave you unprotected particularly when it comes to Journey Cover.
I am asking all members to complete the attached direct debit form and return it by reply paid post to: ETU NSW Branch, Reply Paid 67073, Sydney NSW 2000 or scan and email it to email@example.com. No stamp is required when using the reply paid address.
It is reassuring to know that our union is so effective that your bosses want to play silly games, but we also recognise it is an inconvenience, one brought about by your employer – please complete the direct debit form today and make sure you remain protected at work.