In light of stalled EBA negotiations, an election campaign focused on privatisation and growing scaremongering about potential job losses in the NSW electricity sector, more than 300 Professionals Australia engineers stopped work today.
Senior Industrial Officer Margaret Buchanan said that many of the engineers were senior people in their workplaces who held positions of leadership.
“Members felt it was important to show both management and other workers, that senior people were prepared to stand-up to the games and tactics being dished out by management at the moment.
“Engineers are, by their very nature, cautious, calm and considered thinkers. However, they are very concerned by the current environment and don’t agree with the poor treatment and uncertainty being directed towards workers across the power industry in NSW.
“Engineers across Sydney and Newcastle stopped work and met for an hour this morning. The feeling at today’s meetings was one of unity and disappointment at management’s attempt to create a climate of fear.
Ms Buchanan explained that management has stalled EBA negotiations as they wait to see the result of the Australian Energy Regulator’s determination on funding and until the result of the NSW election is known.
“In the meantime, they’ve turned up the rhetoric about job losses, as a tactic designed to scare people. It is poor and unnecessary behaviour, and does not sit well with our members.
“Engineers are not asking for the moon. They just want fair and reasonable treatment.
Ms Buchanan said that members were buoyed by today’s action and were determined to continue to voice their concerns to management in coming weeks and months.
You can check out photos from today’s action – visit Professional Australia’s facebook page to see images from today’s stop work meetings in Newcastle and Sydney.