Ausgrid Agreement 2018

Deadlines for the escalation of disputes have been set. Ideally, this measure provides for an acceleration of the litigation process without unnecessary delay. However, the added time limits may be extended by mutual agreement between the parties. Overall, this agreement allows members to maintain higher wages and conditions for other distributors throughout the country, while ensuring that any layoffs are minimized beyond the expiration of this agreement. The resolution of 1 February on the agreement in principle does not exclude the continuation of negotiations on gender equality issues raised by the SAP/PCSU. The unified unions support the demands of PSA/PCSU and their dissolution in the company agreement. Much remains to be done to finalise the Career Capability & Remuneration (CCR) proposal before its proposed introduction on 31 December 2018. The combined unions are demanding that Ausgrid include a termination clause in the company agreement to protect workers who face miscarriages or stillbirths. The termination clause should provide that paid parental leave applies to pregnancies following the 12th week of pregnancy. The clause should also take into account the application of leave of convenience to such situations.

Ausgrid`s refusal to include a termination clause in the company agreement is morally repugnant and unacceptable. An “amber” code meant they could agree on minor changes, and “red” meant they had not been agreed. The parties discussed how to move the “amber” and “red” items to the “green” category. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all members for their continued support and patience in the most difficult and longest Ausgrid negotiation since time immemorial. We would also like to thank all the delegates, and in particular the Negotiating Committee, for their tireless and intelligent commitment, which has greatly improved this treaty offer, from a completely unacceptable result to a result that we believe fulfils the task of making progress. askausgrid@ausgrid.com.au and copy me to markb@etunsw.asn.au The AER and Ausgrid have developed a new enforceable obligation that defines how their network revenues and tariffs will be set from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. . .

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