SA Power Workers –
Strength Through Unity

SA Power Workers

The Story So Far

The Unions representing workers at SA Power Networks and Enerven form a Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) made up of the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) the Australian Services Union (ASU), Professionals Australia and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union AMWU.

SA Power Networks and Enerven workers are covered under the same enterprise agreement and are employed by the same corporate entity, Utilities Management Pty Ltd.

The SBU has been attempting to bargain with Utilities Management Pty Ltd  since early 2020 to reach a new fair and reasonable enterprise agreement.

UMPL have unsuccessfully put a proposed EA to a vote of employees, that is not supported by the SBU, on three previous occasions and is currently attempting this for a fourth time.

The enterprise agreement(s) being proposed by the company fail to protect and improve the wages, conditions and employment security of UMPL employees.

For the first time in over a decade, UMPL employees have resorted to Protected Industrial Action commencing in April 2021. Ongoing industrial action has been taken by UMPL workers across South Australia. Resolution to the dispute remains unlikely whilst UMPL maintains its current approach to bargaining.

As a consequence of the protracted industrial dispute, SA Power Networks is now $100 Million behind in its programmed maintenance schedule. If this situation is allowed to continue it has the potential to increase risks to the safety and reliability of the South Australian electricity distribution network, and therefore the security of supply of electricity to South Australian homes and businesses.

This dispute represents a failure of UMPL management to meet its responsibilities to its employees, shareholders and customers to have a proper enterprise agreement in place to ensure industrial stability.

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