State Owned Corps (Water NSW)


WaterNSW offers redundancy pay protections in an effort to settle new enterprise agreement

Nov 24, 2017

WaterNSW offers redundancy pay protections in an effort to settle new enterprise agreement – November 2017 (PDF version)

WaterNSW has backed away from plans to omit redundancy entitlements from the unified enterprise agreement, after the joint unions vowed to fight the proposal.

The development comes amid a range of other concessions from the corporation aimed at clearing the decks for a pre-Christmas ballot.

Also off the table are proposed changes to long service leave, which would have allowed WaterNSW to direct staff with a balance of three or more months to take leave.

WaterNSW has produced a useful table of amendments for staff to track changes to existing employment conditions. See your intranet for the full details.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW enterprise bargaining update

Nov 17, 2017

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Water NSW Enterprise Bargaining – SUCCESS!

Nov 16, 2017

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Water NSW Interim report by the NSW Ombudsmen

Nov 16, 2017

Water NSW Interim report by the NSW Ombudsmen – November 2017 (PDF version)

The NSW Ombudsman Interim Report on Water Compliance and Enforcement was handed down yesterday. A key aspect of what the Ombudsman has been looking into, and will continue to look into, is:

“Whether the water compliance and enforcement function has been properly understood, supported and resourced within Government; and whether the function has suffered rather than benefitted from a frequent history of administrative restructuring.”

This suggests the ongoing intervention into DPI Water, State Water Corporation and other water regulators as well as the persistent restructuring that changes in management seems to bring, is one key aspect of the problems with water compliance and enforcement.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW bulletin

Nov 14, 2017

Water NSW bulletin – November 2017 (PDF version)

As you would be aware, the Water NSW Enterprise Agreement Roadshow is due to commence throughout the state in the coming days.

This is occurring even though negotiations have not yet concluded, and there are many aspects of the proposal that CPSU NSW is concerned about.

Click HERE for a CPSU NSW version of the enterprise agreement poster that provides a great overview of some of the issues of the proposed enterprise agreement. This poster will help employees to gain a better understanding of what Water NSW is proposing and what is on offer.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Redundancy and Long Service Leave entitlements: your best protection against privatisation

Nov 9, 2017

Redundancy and Long Service Leave entitlements – your best protection against privatisation – November 2017 (PDF version)

The NSW Government wants WaterNSW staff to accept a substandard enterprise agreement without legally enforceable redundancy entitlements, putting in doubt millions in accrued employee entitlements and making it easier to sell the state owned corporation to private interests in future.

The Government’s plan also involves changes to long service leave which would for the first time allow WaterNSW to direct staff to take Long Service Leave and lower the associated financial liability.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW – Don’t believe the hype

Nov 7, 2017

Water NSW – Don’t believe the hype – November 2017 (PDF version)

Water NSW has put most of their material on the intranet, however, the CPSU NSW believes that much of this is misleading. Over the next few weeks, your union will be updating members on different aspects the proposal so members can see the possible pitfalls.

Some key things you should know about now is:

Around 150 employees will get 1% pay rise a year from 2018 on. If you’re getting a pay rise, is it fair that your colleagues are having their pay reduced in real terms? Pay rises below CPI reduces the spending power for these co-workers.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

CPSU seeks 3.3% pay rise for former DPI Water employees

Nov 1, 2017

CPSU seeks 3.3 per cent pay rise for former DPI Water employees – November 2017 (PDF version)

The CPSU NSW, with our lawyers, attended the Fair Work Commission (FWC) on 31 October 2017 to progress the claim for 3.3 per cent being passed onto the former DPI Water employees who are on State Copied Instruments after transferring to Water NSW.

Water NSW opposes the application, and the ACTU is supporting the CPSU NSW. Justice Ross, the FWC President, will issue a statement in the next few days in how to progress the matter.

The CPSU NSW will be given two weeks to make written submissions. Water NSW will be given two weeks to make submissions in response, with the CPSU NSW given one week to make additional submissions in reply if required.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW update

Oct 18, 2017

Water NSW update – October 2017 (PDF version)

FWC 3.3 per cent for 2017

As reported recently, the CPSU NSW has applied to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to address the anomalies that Water NSW used to not pass on the full 3.3 per cent to former DPI Water employees. Water NSW has engaged lawyers to respond and the issue has gone to the FWC President for consideration and/or allocation. The advice from our lawyers and barrister is we have a very strong chance of being successful.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

WaterNSW CPSU NSW enterprise bargaining update

Oct 13, 2017

WaterNSW CPSU NSW enterprise bargaining update – October 2017 (PDF version)

Your CPSU NSW bargaining team met with Water NSW to progress bargaining for the proposed Water NSW Enterprise Agreement. For employees formerly in DPI Water, there seems to be little incentive to accept their proposal. With all employment conditions remaining, and pay rises provided by the Fair Work Commission (3.3 per cent 2017; 2.4 per cent 2016 and 2.5 per cent 2015) the offer by Water NSW needs to be worthwhile recommending. The CPSU NSW has lodged an application to ensure that the full 3.3 per cent is passed on and cannot be withheld.

Please note: any proposal is subject to CPSU NSW members’ endorsement. Your union must ensure any changes to pay and conditions are accepted only on the endorsement of the membership. The details below are tentative in-principle agreement subject to members’ approval.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW – Bargaining Update

Oct 10, 2017

Water NSW – Bargaining update – 10 October 2017 (PDF Version)

Dear members,

Your CPSU NSW bargaining team is meeting with Water NSW today and tomorrow to go through management’s proposal in more detail. The unions have asked for a lot of clarification around Water NSW’s proposal, which we have serious concerns about. Hopefully these will be clarified and we can update members about the proposal and what action we recommend.

The decision to accept or reject changes to pay and conditions is up to CPSU NSW members. Your bargaining team does its best to negotiate for members’ interests with the outcome put to members to vote on. This is very important as it is through having a voice with your union that you can collectively determine what pay and conditions are acceptable and which are not.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW enterprise bargaining – Staff survey reminder

Oct 9, 2017

Water NSW enterprise bargaining – Staff survey reminder – October 2017 (PDF version)

Final days – staff survey on removal and changes to allowances

An invitation was sent to all members last week regarding the proposal by Water NSW regarding various allowances. The decision by members will be reported to the next bargaining meeting on 10-11 October 2017. You only have today and tomorrow to have your say – please complete the quick survey, and forward to your colleagues so they can have their say and also JOIN the CPSU NSW.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW enterprise bargaining – Staff survey reminder

Oct 3, 2017

Water NSW enterprise bargaining – Staff survey reminder – October 2017 (PDF version)

Reminder – Staff survey on removal and changes to Allowances

In order for the CPSU NSW to accurately reflect our members views, please complete the survey HERE in response to the proposals by Water NSW to remove and change the allowances across all of Water NSW.

While it is surprisingly that not everyone is a member of the CPSU NSW, all employees of Water NSW will get to vote on the enterprise agreement, unless they are not covered such as senior managers.

To help your union get a better picture of what all employees think, please forward this email to your colleagues and ask they complete the survey.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW enterprise bargaining update

Sep 28, 2017

Water NSW enterprise bargaining update – September 2017 (PDF version)

Time to act – your union needs your help!

Your CPSU NSW Bargaining Team met with Water NSW management and other unions on 25-26 September to ‘negotiate’ the unified enterprise agreement.

The CPSU NSW did not feel like there was any negotiations.

We were presented with the proposal and any objections or requests for variations were either outright rejected or rejected after a short delay.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Joint unions concerned about new Enterprise Agreement proposal

Sep 21, 2017

Joint unions concerned about new Enterprise Agreement proposal – September 2017 (PDF version)

After months of further delays, a clearer proposal has been released by Water NSW and approved by the NSW Government that contains a range of proposals that are of significant concern. In particular, the complex pay proposal seems to be full of holes with the potential for members to receive little or no pay increases.

The officials for the CPSU NSW, Australian Services Union (ASU) and Professionals Australia (PA) met to discuss the proposals and review how the Unions could respond.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW attacking employees and unions

Sep 15, 2017

Water NSW attacking employees and unions – September 2017 (PDF version)

After months of further delays, a clearer proposal has been released by Water NSW and approved by the NSW Government. The result is a clear attack on wages for most employees and conditions for all employees from SWC, SCA and DPI Water. Water NSW’s proposal also includes the complete removal of all union delegate rights and the provision of payroll deduction for union members.

The next bargaining meeting is scheduled for 25-26 September. The CPSU NSW will know more details about the proposals, and any potential changes the unions win, after these dates. What we do know so far from their complex offer is below.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW Enterprise Bargaining update

Aug 15, 2017

Water NSW Enterprise Bargaining update – August 2017 (PDF version)

No excuse to delay bargaining, and further delay pay rises for former State Water Corp employees

Daniel Lucas’s email on 7 August 2017 reported that Water NSW is again delaying negotiations for your enterprise agreement.

CPSU NSW requested that negotiations commence in the second half of 2016 to ensure negotiations are completed by June 2017.

Instead, Water NSW delayed and delayed this process until April 2017 giving very little time to get through all the various issues by June.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

DPI Water and WaterNSW member bulletin

Aug 1, 2017

DPI Water and WaterNSW member bulletin – August 2017 (PDF version)

Dear members,

In light of the recent Four Corners report on ABC relating to allegations of pump-tampering and the alleged offer by the senior officer of DPI Water to help lobbyists campaign against the Murray-Darling Basin plan, the PSA/CPSU NSW reiterates its support of the integrity and professionalism of our members in DPI Water and Water NSW.

The report is not and should not be seen as critical of PSA/CPSU NSW members. The bad decisions of those in managerial or governmental positions should not cast a shadow over the employees of DPI Water and Water NSW who, on a daily basis, show their loyalty to the community in their hard work, ethical decision-making and commitment to their roles.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Combined Unions Bulletin

Jul 7, 2017

Combined Unions Bulletin – July 2017 (PDF Version)

The Fair Work Commission Annual Wage Review decision bringing a 3.3 per cent pay increase to employees on state-copied awards has a major impact on the enterprise agreement negotiations.

It seems WaterNSW did not see it coming even though the Annual Wage Review comes out about this time each year.

The biggest test the Fair Work Commission decision presents to the company is about the real commitment of WaterNSW to the principles of fairness and equity applying to all employees.

On 28 June 2017, the CEO wrote to the unions saying:

[WaterNSW] does not consider it appropriate or necessary to apply any consistent pay increase to all employees and will only apply increases so as to meet its legal obligations”. 

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW member update

Jul 3, 2017

Water NSW member update – July 2017 (PDF version)

The CPSU has received a response from Water NSW regarding the Fair Work Commission’s decision for 3.3% pay rise being passed onto copied state awards.

As you would have seen from David Harris’s email, Water NSW is not recognising the full 3.3%.

The union do not agree with this and have responded.

You can see the letter from Water NSW HERE and the response from the unions HERE.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


 

Water NSW members’ bulletin

Jun 22, 2017

Water NSW members’ bulletin – June 2017 (PDF version)

Missing 3.3 per cent pay rise

CPSU NSW wrote to Water NSW regarding the Fair Work Annual Wage Review passing on up to 3.3 per cent pay rises to employees on state copied instruments. This has now resulted in Water NSW agreeing to pass on only part of the pay rise to some Water NSW employees.

In spite of writing to Water NSW, the CPSU NSW has not heard back from them directly. The message from Daniel Lucas to employees on 20 June 2017 was passed on to the CPSU NSW by members. The unions are still waiting to hear any official response from Water NSW.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


Water NSW members’ update

Apr 10, 2017

Water NSW members’ update – April 2017 (PDF version)

Friday 6 April the PSA (CPSU) Bargaining Team met with Water NSW representatives and the other unions, the AWU, Professionals Australia and the ASU. A small number of individual bargaining representatives also turned up.

This meeting was primarily procedural, and focused on establishing negotiations protocols, resources for the bargaining teams and initial expectations on how negotiations would proceed.

Water NSW reported it wanted to take an ‘interest-based bargaining’ approach to the negotiations. This is a new process the Fair Work Commission is promoting to help assist employers and unions in resolving difficult situations. It also requires all sides to keep an open mind and to be flexible in the outcomes they are looking for.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


Water NSW Bargaining update

Mar 31, 2017

Water NSW Bargaining update – 31 March 2017 (PDF Version)

Today’s update is prompted by the email yesterday from Water NSW CEO, Mr David Harris regarding the proposed new Unified Enterprise Agreement.

We are aware that Enterprise Bargaining is a new process for many of our PSA members and acknowledge the transfer from DPI Water to Water NSW, as well as SCA to Water NSW, was forced onto employees without them having a say in the matter. For these reasons we  will continue to send updates whenever we can to keep members informed.

The first negotiation meeting will be held on next F7 April where we will meet with Water NSW and the other bargaining representatives to set out the procedures and processes for the negotiations. In yesterday’s email, Water NSW set out for the first time the directions it intends to take in these negotiations. Your Bargaining Team’s initial response to the initial set of Claims is below.

Read the full bulletin HERE.


Water NSW member update

Mar 23, 2017

Water NSW member update – March 2017 (PDF version)

PSA (CPSU) members would have received an update yesterday from Daniel Lucas regarding the start of negotiations for the next enterprise agreement.

It’s a bit late!

Last year Water NSW promised to start bargaining in February 2017. Now they will start two months late. Drafting one instrument to replace the three main instruments, plus a new Flexible Working Hours Agreement, is going to take much longer than the three months remains until 30 June 2017.

Members of the PSA (CPSU) do not need to do anything. You have your bargaining team all ready to go to commence negotiations. Your bargaining team will keep members updated after each meeting. All key decisions about what happens, and what is agreed to, will be made by PSA (CPSU) members.

Read the full bulletin HERE


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Current State Water Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2015

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Current Sydney Catchment Authority Award 2014 – 2015

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Sydney Catchment Authority Consolidated Award 2015 – 2016

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Current DPI Water NSW(Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009

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Current DPI Water Flexible Working Hours Agreement

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Current Draft Joint Unions Log of Claims (to be confirmed by 26 April)

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