Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU members stoppage Friday 10/9

Peter Moss - Thursday, September 09, 2021

 

All ETU members should take the following one-hour stoppage:

 

One-hour stoppage from 8-9 am Friday 10 September (Safety Commitment applies, see below)

 

Please note, this is a legally Protected stoppage, not a ban. You will be docked up to one hour’s pay, you will not be docked for the full day.

 

PAB: your vote matters

 

If you have not voted in the current Protected Action Ballot, please do so immediately.

 

We need the strongest possible voter turnout voting YES to all questions. This will send a powerful message to Ausgrid management that workers are united and determined to achieve a fair EBA.

 

If you need technical assistance voting, please contact the Australian Election Company on 1800 224 420.

 

The ETU sent your ETU membership number, which you need to vote, to your phone on Monday 6 September. If you did not get that message, call the union office (02) 9267 4844 and ask for your membership number.

 

If you have voted, please encourage your workmates to do the same.

 

Sign & share EBA campaign petition

 

Help build our campaign for a fair EBA by signing and sharing the petition which goes directly to the industry super funds that majority-own Ausgrid.

 

This is an action that supporters, friends and family are encouraged to take – so please share the link widely:

 

www.dontswitchoffjobs.com.au

 

Updating contact details

 

The ETU needs the current contact details for every Ausgrid member so we can deliver critical communications during this EBA campaign.

 

Please ensure the union has your own current phone and email details. If you have workmates who are not receiving ETU communications, please urge them to immediately update their details.

 

You can update details by calling the union office (02) 9267 4844, emailing etunsw@etunsw.com.au, or contacting your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

RUOK?

 

Today is RUOK? Day – a good time to ask colleagues a simple question that can start an important conversation: Are you OK?

 

Read more: https://www.ruok.org.au/

 

For further information, please contact your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

Proud to be union

 

Darran Miller & Stuart Elliott

ETU organisers

 

Here is the applicable Safety Commitment:

 

As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:

 

1. the System Operators, Area Operators and Despatch rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and

 

2. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOPs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rescue Service Officers / Coordinators, and Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on the on-call roster who are taking protected action, will:

(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;

(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

a)       in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

b)      in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).

  

ETU Ausgrid members stoppage & EBA Webinar Thursday 9/9

Peter Moss - Wednesday, September 08, 2021

 

All ETU members should take the following one-hour stoppage:

 

One-hour stoppage from 8-9 am Thursday 9 September (Safety Commitment applies, see below)

 

Please note, this is a legally Protected stoppage, not a ban. You will be docked up to one hour’s pay, you will not be docked for the full day.

 

Hear EBA updates from ETU Secretary Allen Hicks, your Ausgrid organisers and senior ETU delegates.

 

The ETU EBA Update webinar will be held on the online meeting platform Zoom.

 

Please see below for the links and numbers that will give you access to the meeting.

 

There are three ways you can attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

1. Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads: 

You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

2. Join Zoom via your computer: 

You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

3. Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline: 
1) Dial 08 6119 3900 or 08 7150 1149
2) and enter ID 88248508162#

 

This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on a mobile phone:

https://youtu.be/ljbD3hnqyXU

 

For further information, please contact your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

Proud to be union

 

Darran Miller & Stuart Elliott

ETU organisers

 

Here is the applicable Safety Commitment:

 

As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:

 

1. the System Operators, Area Operators and Despatch rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and

 

2. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOPs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rescue Service Officers / Coordinators, and Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on the on-call roster who are taking protected action, will:

(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;

(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

a)       in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

b)      in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).

  

ETU Ausgrid members stoppage Monday 6/9

Peter Moss - Friday, September 03, 2021

 All ETU Ausgrid members should take the following one-hour stoppage:

 

One-hour stoppage from 8-9 am Monday 6 September (Safety Commitment applies, see below)

 

Please note, this is a legally Protected stoppage, not ban. You will be docked up to one hour’s pay, you will not be docked for the full day.

 

For further information, please contact your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

Proud to be union

 

Darran Miller & Stuart Elliott

ETU organisers

 

Here is the applicable Safety Commitment:

 

As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:

 

1. the System Operators, Area Operators and Despatch rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and

 

2. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOPs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rescue Service Officers / Coordinators, and Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on the on-call roster who are taking protected action, will:

(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;

(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

a)       in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

b)      in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).

  

Mass meeting to vote on proposed Endeavour Energy EBA

Peter Moss - Tuesday, August 31, 2021

All ETU Endeavour Energy members – please attend this critical mass meeting Webinar:

 

7.30 am, Wednesday 1 September

 

The meeting will hear from ETU secretary Allen Hicks, organiser Brad Currey and senior ETU delegates.

 

Members will be briefed and can ask questions about the EBA package which has been agreed in principle by your ETU Negotiating Committee.

 

The mass meeting will then vote on whether to accept in principle the proposed new agreement.

 

There are three ways you can attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads: 

You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83299644538

 

Join Zoom via your computer: 

You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83299644538

 

Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline: 

Dial 08 6119 3900 or 08 7150 1149

and enter ID 83299644538#

 

This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on a mobile phone:

https://youtu.be/ljbD3hnqyXU

ETU members stoppages 31/8 & 1/9. Mass meeting Webinar 1/9

Peter Moss - Monday, August 30, 2021

All ETU members should take the following two stoppages:

 

One-hour stoppage from 12-1 pm Tuesday 31 August (Safety Commitment applies, see below)

 

One-hour stoppage from 12-1 pm Wednesday 1 September(Safety Commitment applies, see below)

 

During the second stoppage, please attend the important ETU EBA Update Webinar at:

 

12.00 pm Wednesday 1 September.

 

Please note, these are legally Protected stoppages, not bans. You will be docked up to one hour’s pay, you will not be docked for the full day.

 

You will hear from ETU Secretary Allen Hicks, your ETU organisers and senior delegates, plus representatives from Professionals Australia and CFMEU.

 

The ETU EBA Update webinar will be held on the online meeting platform Zoom.

 

Please see below for the links and numbers that will give you access to the meeting.

 

There are three ways you can attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

1. Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads: 

You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

2. Join Zoom via your computer

You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser)https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

3. Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline: 
2) and enter ID 88248508162#

 

This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on mobile phone:

https://youtu.be/ljbD3hnqyXU

 

For further information, please contact your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 12.00 pm.

 

Proud to be union

 

Darran Miller & Stuart Elliott

ETU organisers


 

Here is the applicable Safety Commitment:

 

As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:

 

1. the System Operators, Area Operators and Despatch rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and

 

2. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOPs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rescue Service Officers / Coordinators, and Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on the on-call roster who are taking protected action, will:

(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;

(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

a)       in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and

 

b)      in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).


 



Protected Industrial Action: stoppages, Safety Commitment & EBA Update Webinar

Peter Moss - Monday, August 23, 2021

ETU members continue to take Protected Industrial Action in pursuit of a fair EBA.

 

Let’s stick together and keep the pressure on CEO Richard Gross to make a fair and reasonable offer.

 

Protected Industrial Action: stoppages

 

The ETU has notified Ausgrid of stoppages Monday 23 August and Tuesday 24 August

 

All members described below should stop work at these times in pursuit of a fair EBA:

 

Monday 23 August, 5-9 pm, 4-hour stoppage (please note Safety Commitment below) – afternoon shift and shift workers

 

Tuesday 24 August 9 am – 1 pm, 4 x 1-hour stoppages (please note Safety Commitment below) – day shift

 

NOTE:  A STOPPAGE IS NOT A PARTIAL WORK BAN and the Notice from Ausgrid about reducing wages for partial work bans does not apply to the stoppages of work from 5pm to 9pm on 23 August and from 9am to 1pm on 24 August.

 

ETU EBA Update Webinar via Zoom

 

All ETU members to attend EBA Update Webinar 10 am, Tuesday 24 August.

 

The ETU EBA Update Webinar will be held on the online meeting platform Zoom.

 

Please see below for the links and numbers that will give you access to the meeting.

 

There are three ways you can attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

1. Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads: 

You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

2. Join Zoom via your computer: 

You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88248508162

 

3. Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline: 
1) Dial 08 6119 3900 or 08 7150 1149
2) and enter ID 88248508162#

 

This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on a mobile phone:

https://youtu.be/ljbD3hnqyXU

 

 

Safety commitment that applies to the stoppage on 23 and 24 August 2021

 

Safety commitment

As a commitment to safety, during any stoppage of work:

a. the System Operators and Area Operators rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and
b. the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rapid Response Staff, Operational Depot Supervisors (ODS’s), and Despatch workers rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on a standby roster who are taking protected action, will:

(i) remain at the place where they usually commence work;

(ii) be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and

a. in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, nursing home, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, ambulance station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and
b. in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power).

 

ETU Transgrid EBA Update Webinars

Peter Moss - Monday, August 16, 2021

The ETU asks all Transgrid members to attend one or both of the EBA Update Webinars scheduled for this week.

 

These identical meetings will cover:

 

  • Transgrid’s latest EBA offer
  • Why senior ETU delegates on the ETU Negotiating Committee rejected that offer
  • Next steps in our campaign for a fair EBA.

Hear from ETU Secretary Allen Hicks and have your say in the question and answer session. 

 

Use these links to attend the meetings:

 

Tuesday 17 August 12.30-1.30 pm  

 https://transgrid.webex.com/meet/pr1583874659706

 

Wednesday 18 August 12.30-1.30 pm  

 https://transgrid.webex.com/meet/pr1583874659706

 

For more information, contact meeting moderator Paul O’Malley paul.omalley@transgrid.com.au

ETU rejects cuts to real wages, tables compromise counter-offer

Peter Moss - Thursday, August 12, 2021

Endeavour Energy delegates have rejected the company latest offer because it fails to match the cost-of-living and fails to meet industry standards.

Today the ETU Negotiating Committee tabled a revised union offer that would deliver a fair pay rise and a fair EBA outcome for both parties.

Please monitor your emails for details of the ETU Endeavour Energy EBA Update Webinar, which will be via Zoom at 1 pm Thursday 12 August. This meeting coincides with your one-hour stoppage, which is Protected Industrial Action.

Company’s actual offer is 1.97% per annum

First let me take you through Endeavour Energy’s current proposal.

Behind the colourful charts and rhetoric, the company is offering wage rises of just 1.97 per cent per annum – that’s well below inflation, meaning your real wages would be reduced.

This is an insult to hardworking ETU members who have not had a pay rise since December 2019.

The total pay rises offered by Endeavour Energy are 6.9 per cent over 3.5 years.

The company’s latest proposal offers 2.5 per cent when in principle agreement is reached, then 2.2 per cent in 2022 and then 2.2 per cent in 2023 with an expiry date of July 2024.

But under management’s proposal, you will be forced to absorb two 0.5 per cent superannuation increases, so the actual pay rises are just 1.7 per cent in Year 1 and Year 2.

The economic & industry facts

Let me restate the key facts that shape the bargaining landscape when it comes to wages and cost-of-living pressure.

Official inflation, as measured by the CPI, is 3.8 percent this year. Official Treasury forecasts predict total inflation at 7.5 per cent over the life of this agreement.

The Fair Work Commission awarded a 2.5 per cent increase to the Minimum Wage in July 2021, after hearing from unions, employers, and government. 2.2 million workers received this pay rise.

The NSW Government recently announced a 2.5 per cent per annum wages cap. Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, including ETU members, will receive pay rises of 2.5 per cent per year.

ETU power workers in Victoria receive 3.5 per cent per annum plus 0.5 superannuation. ETU power workers in Queensland receive 3 per cent per annum plus the 0.5% super each year.

That is why ETU delegates meeting on 10 August unanimously rejected this substandard offer.

It fails to meet cost-of-living pressures and it fails to match industry standards.

ETU tables compromise counter-offer

At todays bargaining meeting with Endeavour Energy management, ETU delegates tabled a without prejudice counter-offer.

Our claim is still 3 per cent per annum plus 0.5 per cent superannuation, but to resolve this matter without further delay the union proposes the following:

• 2.5% from 1 July 2021 plus 0.5% super for all workers
• 2.8% from July 2022 plus 0.5% super for all workers
• 2.8% from July 2023 plus 0.5% super for all workers, with an expiry date of 31 December 2023. 

This without prejudice offer will be open to the company to accept until 1 pm on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Management must respect workers

We want to finalise the best agreement we can. But we won’t allow Endeavour Energy management to bully or intimidate workers into accepting a substandard deal.

Their latest attacks and notices to individual workers shows the levels management will stoop to in their efforts to suppress your wages and conditions. 

From the field staff to the administrative workers, and all the highly-skilled, hardworking people who proudly provide a safe and reliable electricity network to the community -- ETU members are the heart and soul of Endeavour Energy and must be respected.

ETU ready to launch major campaign

If Endeavour Energy management reject our without prejudice offer, the ETU will dedicate whatever resources are necessary to achieve the fair EBA that our members need and deserve. 

The ETU will support your Protected Industrial Action with a comprehensive strategy that includes legal, political, community and media campaigns in the coming weeks and months. 

Our aims are clear and simple: a fair EBA that respects and rewards ETU members.

Don’t be misled by Endeavour Energy management bullshit and misrepresentations. 

I look forward to catching up with all of you at our virtual mass meeting at 1 pm on Thursday 12 August.

Zoom webinar details will be sent to all members later today. 

Proud to be union

Allen Hicks

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT

ETU Endeavour Energy EBA Update Webinar Invite & Access

Peter Moss - Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dear ETU Endeavour Energy member

 

Please attend the important ETU EBA Update webinar at 1 pm Thursday 12 August.

 

This meeting coincides with the one-hour stoppage which is a Protected Industrial Action.

 

You will hear from myself, ETU organiser Brad Currey and senior delegates.

 

We are planning to vote on three resolutions during this meeting. Please attend and have your say!

 

The ETU EBA Update webinar will be held on the online meeting platform Zoom.

 

Please see below for the links and numbers that will give you access to the meeting.

 

There are at least three ways you can attend the meeting via Zoom.

 

1. Join the meeting from your mobile phone or iPad/notepads: 

You will need to download Zoom app first, and attend via the link below (no ID or password are required) https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84123204372

 

2. Join Zoom via your computer

You do not need to download Zoom app, simply click the link below to join the meeting. (This will not work on mobile browser)https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84123204372

 

3. Join with audio only on your mobile phone or landline: 
1) Dial 08 6119 3900 or 08 7150 1149
2) and enter ID 84123204372#

 

This video provides tips on downloading and using Zoom on mobile phone:

https://youtu.be/ljbD3hnqyXU

 

 

I look forward to seeing you Thursday at 1 pm.

 

Proud to be union

 

Allen Hicks

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT

Endeavour Energy Protected Industrial Action commencing 5 August 2021

Peter Moss - Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Protected Industrial Action commencing Thursday 5 August

 

The ETU’s industrial campaign for a fair EBA at Endeavour Energy begins on Thursday.

 

Please see below for the official list of approved Protected Industrial Actions that will be initiated.

It is vital that members do not take any action before 12.01 am on Thursday 5 August, the time that Protected Industrial Actions are authorised to start. 

It’s also essential that members take only those actions that are Protected, as per the list below:

Notices of Protected Industrial Action (PIA), received by Endeavour 30 July 2021, signed by the ETU in relation to the following forms of industrial action: 


• An unlimited number of indefinite bans, commencing from 12.01am on Thursday 5 August 2021, of the following actions:

▪ Bans on performing Site Lead roles (Worksite Coordinators). 
 
▪ Performing work with the ‘Field Client’ software program.
 
▪ Bans on notifying customers of planned outages 
 
▪ Bans on working secondments, including AusConnex jobs 
 
▪ Bans on the performance of higher duties/positions
 
▪ Field Staff Switching for Workgroups, Contractors, ASP’s and AusConnex jobs (except to ‘Make Safe’ in a Fault and/or Emergency situation)
 
▪ Return to the employee’s depot for lunch breaks.
 
▪ Return to the employee’s depot to use the toilet.
 
▪ Complete inspections of any Company vehicles, plant, machinery, cranes, borers and elevated work platforms proposed to be used, each time the employee leaves the depot, to ensure that such equipment is functioning, operating and fit for purpose.
 
▪ Bans on starting and finishing work at the employee’s assigned start/finish location 
 
▪ Speak to members of the public during work related telephone calls about the industrial action and the CEPU’s enterprise agreement campaign for a new enterprise agreement.
 
▪ Distribute CEPU enterprise agreement campaign-related material to members of the public whilst performing work, including but not limited to t-shirts, badges, written communications and stickers. 
 
▪ Provide information, in any form, concerning the views of the employees about industrial action and the CEPU’s enterprise agreement campaign for a new enterprise agreement to members of the community including to members of the media. 
 
▪ While performing work communicate on social media, radio, TV, newspapers and talk to Political Parties about protected industrial action and the CEPU’s enterprise agreement campaign for a new enterprise agreement.
 
• A one hour stoppage commencing at 1pm on Thursday 12 August 2021 and concluding     at 2pm on Thursday 12 August 2021.

 

Safety commitment 

 

The following safety commitment applies to a stoppage of work:

1. (a)  the System Operators rostered on in accordance with the usual roster will perform work as usual; and 
2. (b)  the Call Centre Staff, District Operators (DOs), Emergency Services Officers (EMSOs), Rapid Response Staff, Illawarra District Operators/Emergency Service Officers and Despatch workers rostered on in accordance with the usual roster who are taking protected action, and those Field Staff that are normally rostered on a standby roster who are taking protected action, will: 
1. (i)  remain at the place where they usually commence work;
2. (ii)  be ready, willing and able to perform unplanned work that, if not performed imminently, would create a serious and imminent threat to human life; and 
1. in circumstances where such work is required for a hospital, essential telecommunication hub, police station, SES depot, fire station, utility stations/plants for water and/or sewerage, traffic lights and/or life support customers, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent required to restore power and avert the serious and imminent threat to human life; and 
2. in all other circumstances where such work is required, will comply with a written direction from the employer to perform such work to the extent necessary to avert the serious and imminent threat to human life (which may or may not include restoring power). 

Please note, during the one-hour stoppage at 1-2 pm on Thursday 12 August, the ETU will hold an online mass meeting of all Endeavour Energy members. Further technical details will be provided in coming days.

Please contact me if you need further information. 

Proud to be union

Brad Currey

ETU organiser