Troy Dunne addressing the combined delegates meeting on 4 July

USU Organiser Troy Dunne addressing
the combined delegates meeting on 4 July

As you may be aware, Divisional Consultation kicked off this week during which the Peak Consultative Committee was presented with a breakdown of the proposed headcount reductions in the following areas of the business:

  • Asset Management
  • Technical Operations
  • Network Development & Services
  • Finance
  • Field Services
  • Operational Management
  • Customer
  • ICT
  • People & Culture

These breakdowns can be found on Ausgrid’s The Wire.

This information was also shared at a combined union delegates meeting on 4 July.

It is a preference of the business that divisional consultation kicks off in the week beginning 15 July.

What we wish to advise you of, though, is our position with regards to the flagged 360 position redundancies.

The USU does not accept that the savings the business seeks as a result of the AER ’19 – ’24 determination should come mainly as a result of such savage cuts to labour. This view is shared by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (‘ACTU’.)

These views have been put to members of Ausgrid’s Executive Leadership Team.  It is the view of the combined unions and the ACTU that a deeper analysis of the entire business (involving the unions) should be conducted at the same time as any proposed restructure.  The combined unions have sought, and been granted, a “seat at the table” when it comes to any such analysis; it is our intention to push for these meetings to occur sooner rather than later.

The upshot is this: we will continue to work to push back hard against such a savage cut to the labour force; it simply does not make sense that a network already under strain can absorb such a cut to its labour force.

If you have any questions about this email, please contact USU Organiser’s Troy Dunne on 0419 403 076 or via email at or Paul Sansom on 0409 076 633 or via email at