ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg with the latest on Ausgrid EBA negotiations

ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg with the latest on Ausgrid EBA negotiations


Mark Buttigieg, ETU organiser for Ausgrid
with the latest on the EBA negotiations. On Thursday about 100 delegates representing
all unions and classifications across Ausgrid met for a period of about five hours to consider
Ausgrid’s final EBA offer The strong majority coming out of that meeting
was that in principle support should be given to Ausgrid’s proposal. What is that proposal? A successful ‘YES” vote, a $1,600 upfront
payment with a 2.75% rise, followed 12 months later by a 2.5% rise, then another 12 months
later, 2.25%. It’s important for members to understand that
this was in principle support for the delegates and officials to finalise the document, in
its final form of words, so that the membership, you people, can decide whether or not you
want to support the document. If in the event that the document is not supported,
the other resolution coming out of that meeting was to extend our application for protected
industrial action by 30 days, so that we retain the right to run an industrial campaign if
the membership don’t support the document. In the meantime, it’s very important that
you give feedback to your delegates, and my self, we can talk you through the details. This has been a very, very long and protracted
negotiation. Members have told us they want to move on. That’s what we’re doing. One way or another this will be resolved. 12 months under the current owners. Three years under the previous owners. It’s now at a turning point. We will get the document out as soon as possible. Give us your feedback and stay tuned
Thanks you very much

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