Rail, Aviation and Transport
Rail, Aviation and Transport
Veteran ETU delegate Dave Colusso says every rail infrastructure worker should stop and check their pay slips.
The Gosford signal electrician has identified three Sydney Trains pay fails that may have affected hundreds of electrical workers.
ETU members who have been underpaid may be eligible for significant backpay.
Pay fail 1
20% annual leave loading for shift workers
The enterprise agreement says that shift workers are entitled to 20 percent annual leave loading, yet Dave found he was paid just 17.5 percent for four years. He received almost $1,000 backpay.
Dave says: ‘Check your payslip for your last annual leave taken. You will see a second, smaller payment listed. This is your leave loading. Calculate that rate as a percentage of your base hourly rate. It should be 20 percent if you work shifts.’
Pay fail 2
Standalone 4-hour callout payments
The EBA mandates that on-call employees receive a minimum 4-hour standalone payment for each and every callout. Call Out payments should be treated as a stand alone lump sum style payment. Sydney Trains should not be using rostered hours or any other payment to make up any part of this minimum payment.
Dave says: “Any worker paid less than the 4 hr minimum at the appropriate penalty for call outs is owed backpay by Sydney Trains.’
Pay fail 3
Standdown penalty rates mandated
Sydney Trains must provide at least an 8-hour break between shifts, whether rostered or overtime, for all employees. If an employee is directed back to work during these eight hours, they must be paid double time until they get their 8 hr break.
Dave says: ‘I believe Sydney Trains has breached the standdown penalty rates provision on multiple occasions. An employee who has been repeatedly underpaid in this way may be owed thousands of dollars backpay.’
Have you been underpaid? Contact your Payroll Hotline. If it is not resolved in a reasonable time frame then Contact your ETU delegate or organiser, or email Dave Colusso email@example.com
Come and join us on Thursday 14 June for pizza and beer and to talk about issues affecting electrical apprentices in the work place.
Come along and meet Tara Koot, the ETU's apprentice officer, have your say and meet other like minded electrical apprentices.
In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2017.
By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in.
ETU Secretary Dave McKinley is travelling across NSW and the ACT over the coming months to meet ETU members. Dave will report back on recent industrial matters and provide you with an update on the major Change the Rules campaign that the ETU in NSW is playing a leading role.
The State of the Union meetings will kick off with the following four meetings, additional dates and locations covering the rest of the state will be provided as they are confirmed:
Wednesday 23 May - Sydney West - Revesby Workers Club, 2b Brett St Revesby
Thursday 24 May - Sydney East - Randwick Labour Club, 135 Alison Rd Randwick
Wednesday 30 May - Central Coast - Erina Leagues Club,
Thursday 31 May - Newcastle - Hunter Workers, Level 3 / 406-408 King St Newcastle
All members are invited to attend and must RSVP for catering purposes, finger food and drinks will be provided from 7pm. Please email your name, mobile number and event location/date to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9267 4844 and ask for Joanne.
We look forward to seeing you at your local State of the Union meeting.
In results announced on Saturday, approximately 53 per cent of Sydney Trains employees voted ‘YES’ to the enterprise agreement.
The majority vote means the EBA will proceed to the Fair Work Commission for certification.
The key elements of the agreement relevant to ETU members include:
a total wage increase of 9 per cent, in three annual 3 per cent instalments. This breaks the 2.5 per cent cap imposed under NSW Government wages policy
a one-off $1,000 cash bonus
an extended Staff Travel Pass that includes private bus and metro networks
an expanded Contracting Out Clause that establishes a new Consultative Committee which will allow the ETU to vet any proposal to contract out electrical work
the protection of wage relativities that recognise the skills and qualifications of electrical workers
the establishment of a Protection Officer trial that potentially opens a new career path for ETU members
an improved redeployment and redundancy cap in the Deed, up from 52 to 64 weeks
seven days Domestic Violence Leave
all current conditions maintained.
The time has come to vote on the offer put forward by Sydney Trains.
I want to say from the outset that the ETU negotiating team has done a remarkable job to get to the position we are in. As part of the combined union negotiation committee they have been meeting constantly for months to try and extract the best possible outcomes from Sydney Trains management. The fact that the we have managed to break the Governments long held 2.5% wages cap is outstanding and will be viewed by other parts of the public sector as a great win and precedent. On top of this all of your conditions have been maintained and a number of them enhanced.
The new contracting out arrangement is a marked improvement on the previous agreement and will make it more difficult for your employer to contract work out. The redundancy provisions within the deed have been increased to sixty-four weeks for voluntary redundancies. These are on top of other improved conditions including the expanded travel pass, improved meal allowance and the classifications structure which will give us an opportunity to further increase the wages of some employees including a review of protection officers.
Overall I believe this is the best outcome that could be attained through negotiations under a hostile liberal state government. Should members vote to reject the agreement, the ability for ETU members to take protected industrial action remains an option and the ETU is ready to support members in any future industrial campaign.
Dear ETU Members.
Product Safety Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Governments Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this week issued a product recall relating to Takata Airbags. This recall is compulsory due to significant safety risks and affects a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motor cycles.
THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
If your employer has any of the affected vehicles in their fleet you should first contact your supervisor to find out if the mandatory recall work has been completed or to report that your vehicle is impacted by the product recall.
The ACCC has advised the following:
It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.
If you have any issues arising in the workplace relating to the operation of affected vehicles please immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.
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