Your USU/ASU delegates met with Virgin management on Thursday 20 April 2017 to progress negotiations for your new enterprise agreement.
Since our last award update dated 27th February 2017, negotiations have continued and have now progressed to scheduled full day conciliation hearings before Commissioner Murphy in the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission.
The latest round of EA negotiations took place on Monday, March 27th. Once again, the implementation of IEAs was the hot topic of discussion. The combined unions presented advice, opinions and made several without prejudice suggestions as to how TransGrid could make “productivity improvements” without the use, let alone further use, of IEAs. The combined energy unions maintain that IEAs are not legal.
Your USU/ ASU national negotiating team met with REX management on 29th March 2017. This meeting was the second in a series of meetings to be held with REX in order to progress negotiations for the new Enterprise Agreement.
The next bargaining meeting will be on 11th April 2017 from 10.30am to 1.00pm at Mascot.
The USU/ASU clarified and reiterated its position regarding the contents of, and various items contained within, its log of claims, and agreed it would continue with preparation of documents in support of various clauses sought within the log of claims.
During the meeting, REX management provided some preliminary commentary on the USU/ASU’s log of claims however REX is yet to provide a formal view of its current position.
The USU/ASU repeated its commitment to ensuring that all existing conditions within the current were maintained, or else improved. REX management agreed to give further, more detailed consideration to the USU/ASU’s claims, particularly in regard to, including but not limited to, the introduction of a transparent framework for managing annual and personal leave; the publication of classification descriptors within the Agreement; to the USU/ASU’s proposal about including the ACTU’s model clause on family violence leave; the pay rise claim; and the superannuation claim.
REX advised it would be providing a formal response, however it was also seeking the views of the individual bargaining representatives. REX management requires those views to be provided by 4 April 2017.
Shortly after that date, the USU/ASU expects to receive a formal response from REX management regarding the USU/ASU log of claims.
What are the Next Steps?
Once more details about REX’s position become available, we will be holding USU/ ASU members meetings in the future to keep members updated on progress of the negotiations.
Make sure you watch for upcoming details.
Need more information?
For more information, please get in touch with your USU/ASU Organiser Nick Herbert.
We encourage all members to come and speak with Your USU/ASU Organise Nick Herbert to fully understand the negotiation process.
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