All, in all, Australian Services Union members in the energy sector have fared quite well during the Covid-19 crisis.
While there have been issues related to working from home and social distancing, there have been no stand-downs or job losses across the industry because of the pandemic.
And we are still by members side when they have issues at work., representing members in payroll disputes, disciplinary and performance issues at work.
Citipower/ Powercor negotiations have resumed, with management putting a renewed offer to the Unions. This offer will be circulated to members this week.
After a disappointing vote at Zinfra, the proposed enterprise agreement was voted up and is now before the Fair Work Commission for approval. The ASU and Professionals Australia have not signed the agreement, as we did not believe it serves our members’ interests well. Still, both unions are seeking to be bound to the agreement so we can continue to support our members and hopefully turn things around when the agreement comes up for re-negotiation.
The ASU had an online meeting with representatives of Downer last week. We are currently developing a log of claims and will be actively seeking the input of our members and a member representative for the negotiations.
With the enterprise agreement due to expire at Energy Safe Victoria, we will also be canvassing our members to seek their direction for the upcoming enterprise agreement.
We are currently working through a new classification structure for our members at Origin Energy in the lead up to negotiations for a new enterprise agreement later this year.
We hope all members take care and stay in good health during these times.