PA members at ElectraNet recently voted down an Enterprise Agreement proposed by the company.
Over the past 10 months, PA, the ASU and the CEPU have been attempting to negotiate an enterprise agreement addressing critical concerns of union members such as job security, wages and securing entitlements governed by policy such as flexi-time within the enterprise agreement.
A restructure in 2013 saw the company use targeted redundancies, a process that has had a significant impact on their remaining workforce. Employees were also wary of a proposed performance management clause and believed it would undermine their job security or jeopardise their futures with the company.
A subsequent survey has revealed that a large majority of employees rejected the proposed agreement as they were deeply disappointed in ElectreNet’s approach to these negotiations and saw the vote as an opportunity to demonstrate they are prepared to take action and send management a message. The survey also reiterates issues regarding job security and reasonable wage outcomes are of key concern.
It is clear that ElectraNet needs to begin listening to its workforce in order to resolve these negotiations.