2021 is looking to be a busy year in bargaining for the Transmission & Distribution and Retail areas of the energy sector.

At Energy Australia Geelong, we are in the process of finalising a short term rollover agreement. This short term agreement will see some significant improvements to conditions, with a reduction to the spread of hours and superannuation increases no longer being part of a total remuneration package meaning they cannot be discounted against wage increases by the employer.

Origin has just commenced bargaining and we look forward to updating members as it progresses.

The Ausnet Enterprise Agreement is also due to reach its nominal expiry date in June. This will affect both remaining members at Ausnet as well as those who transferred over to Zinfra. The ASU has already written to both employers seeking to commence the bargaining process and seeking paid members meetings.

At Downer, the lack of news has been disappointing. Despite reaching an agreement on the scope of the enterprise agreement, and providing a draft EA, there has been no response in recent weeks, despite repeated attempts to bring Downer back to the table. We are now reviewing our options to bring Downer back to bargaining in good faith.

Last but not least, ASU members at AGL Loy Yang A are getting ready to vote on a new Enterprise Agreement. The offer is 3% per annum, with conditions are either improving or staying the same. This Agreement will take us through to May 2025.

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