An update for USU members working at Ausgrid, covering the restructure, EA, CTP and your new delegate.
Union officials from all Ausgrid unions met with management on 13 July for a Tier 2 dispute meeting that was initiated by your union and the ETU. This dispute came about as a consequence of jobs being advertised in instances where consultation around future structures hadn’t concluded. This is the dispute referred to in our bulletin of 3 July. Prior to that meeting, Ausgrid agreed that they would cease advertising jobs until such time that job evaluations had taken place in accordance with your Agreement.
Officials from your union participated in the evaluation committee on 14 July and evaluated jobs in the following areas:
- People & Safety;
- Customer Service;
- Field Services; and
With the exception of GIS, the USU has endorsed the evaluated PDs having consulted with our membership and responsible managers before, during and after the evaluation process. With regards to GIS, your union is in the process of escalating the dispute that exists in that area of the business on the grounds that Ausgrid has not complied with the consultation clause of your Agreement.
With regards to the Asset Access aspect of Field Services, consultation in that area remains ongoing.
At the conclusion of the aforementioned meeting, attention turned to the next EA meeting which had initially been scheduled for this week. Ausgrid advised that they didn’t foresee being in a position to make an offer prior to 31 July. On that basis, it was agreed to postpone the next EA meeting until the week beginning 31 July.
The USU is seeking that members based at Roden Cutler House who are impacted by the CTP re-location to get in contact with us as we are running a dispute along with the PSA on the grounds that Ausgrid has not complied with its obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act.
Candice Rhind, an Administration Officer at the Zetland Depot, has been elected unopposed as a workplace delegate. We congratulate and thank Candice for her election and her ongoing commitment to representing USU members within Ausgrid.
We would again like to remind people that workplace delegates play a vital role in allowing the broader “union” represent its members effectively. We urge anyone who is interested in taking on this role and the training that comes with it to get in touch with their relevant organiser.
If you or someone you know is not a member of your union, please join online at www.usu.org.au/join.
Members who refer others for membership will be eligible for a payment of $50 per member joined. These payments are paid periodically throughout the year.
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