Ausgrid says they`ll save a huge bucket of money over the life of the deal by cutting your careers, and in return you`re going to have a few crumbs – if your manager says you can have them! At the same EBA meeting, the unions also called for a cap on forced redundancies and Ausgrid said they had ignored the cap. In other words, they came back to the meeting with nothing. Ask yourself, why wouldn`t Ausgrid agree to cap the number of people it can get out after July 2020? The only conclusion to be drawn is that they all want to be fired. Right now, they cannot do that because the current agreement does not provide for forced redundancies and we will not negotiate a new agreement that does not contain a ceiling necessary to ensure job security. In 2012, Ausgrid employed about 6,000 people – five years later, the workforce was reduced by about 30% to about 4,000 people. Our members are subject to a three-year wage freeze, while the salaries of Ausgrid executives continue to rise. Over the past 6 to 8 weeks, Ausgrid has cancelled and postponed several EBA meetings, despite the constant commitments of a documented offer. When the EBA negotiating committee finally met on August 29, Ausgrid`s new negotiating team, led by John Stephens and Hannah McCaughey, was to be introduced. For those of you who don`t know it yet, John Stephens led the successful dismissal of the Queensland Freight Rail EBA, which ultimately resulted in a substandal agreement for thousands of workers, imposed by the FWC on railway employees. According to interviews and corporate documents, global giants Tata Consultancy Services pushed workers to sign restrictive employment contracts before leaving India for the United States. The union also felt that, in order to have any hope of reaching negotiations, we needed to agree on some fundamental concepts on the important issues mentioned above. The fact that Ausgrid has already put forward an EBA proposal when some of the fundamental concepts on the major issues have not been adopted makes the negotiations very difficult.
Ausgrid took note of this view and approved a small working group of union and management officials to reach agreement in principle on the above important issues. This select group would then report to the EBA`s largest negotiating committee in order to develop the corresponding clauses if an agreement could be reached on the basic concepts. Ausgrid is desperate to question his proposed agreement, which, if implemented, would lead to the total destruction of job security, the allocation of masses, the loss of careers, the loss of useful consulting rights or disagreements — all for a small increase in wages.