Protected Action at Sydney Water

Current Protected Action at Sydney Water

ASU members at Sydney Water are currently taking the following Protected Industrial Action:

All members

Display of campaign material approved by the ASU until further notice on:

  • Sydney Water email signatures when sending emails within and outside Sydney Water;
  • Sydney Water desktop and/or laptop computer screensavers, wallpaper and backgrounds;
  • Microsoft Teams backgrounds when participating in internal and external meetings;
  • Sydney Water Corporation vehicles, property, uniforms and/or correspondence
  • Indefinite ban on any participation in CDP or performance appraisal processes.
  • Indefinite ban on members working from the office where members can work from home. This includes but is not limited to members working in the Contact Centre who will be relocating from Liverpool to Parramatta and members in the Customer Hub and the SOC.
  • Indefinite ban on registering with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or refreshing passwords. The bring your own device supports Sydney Water members who wish to use their own mobile devices (Mobile Phones and Tablets) to access corporate IT services such as emails, calendars, contacts, and some corporate services.
  • Indefinite ban on logging into computers or turning on mobile phones or tablets outside ordinary hours of work. (With the exception of members who receive an allowance or payment to be ready to return to work). Members will ensure they log off all devices after their ordinary hours of work, unless they are being paid standby/on call allowance or performing authorised overtime.
  • Indefinite Ban on including members’ mobile contact details in iConnect and email signatures.
  • Interrupting work periodically in order to publicly distribute information approved by the ASU and/or Professionals Australia.
  • Interrupting work periodically in order to speak to the media and members of the public about the reason for the industrial action.

Office-based members:

Indefinite ban on performing work outside ordinary working hours unless overtime is authorised and paid. All authorised time worked before, after or beyond ordinary hours of work will be paid appropriate overtime rates for the work performed. That is, members will not perform any unpaid work or work extra hours for time in lieu or accrue more than two banked RDOs.

All members who use mobile phones:

Indefinite bans on the use of mobile phone apps with the exception of My-Token App to access Water schedules. Apart from this exception, mobile phones only to be used to receive and make calls.

All field-based members:

  • Indefinite ban on starting on the job. Members to start from the nearest depot to their place of residence.
  • Return to the nearest depot for lunch.

SOC members:

Indefinite ban on the following:

  • operational shutdown requests with less than three days notice.
  • the processing of Planned Operational Shutdown Requests (OCRs) for new connections to network. OCRs to be processed only for power outages or Reactive work that has significant impact on Health, Safety and/or Environment. This ban is in addition to the indefinite ban on operational shutdown requests with less than three days’ notice.
  • any participation in roster reviews or working or implementing any new rosters. Members will continue with the current roster pattern.
  • communicating with “Whispers” Customer Notifications for water outages and completing customer impact statements.
  • Indefinite ban on performing predictive work processes using Takadu.

For Networks field-based members:

Indefinite ban on the following:

  • dispatching or attending to faults classified lower than P5 as determined by the Faults Manual every week for the period from 5am Monday to 11:59pm Friday until further notice.
  • any participation in roster reviews or working or implementing new rosters. Members will continue with the current roster pattern and normal Standby Roster indefinitely.
  • Sundry Debtor notifications.
  • processing of Planned Operational Shutdown Requests (OCRs) for new connections to network. OCRs to be processed only for power outages or reactive work that has significant impact on Health, Safety and/Environment.

For Customer Hub members:

Indefinite ban on:

  • dispatching or attending to faults classified lower than P5 as determined by the Faults Manual.
  • the processing of Planned Operational Shutdown Requests (OCRs) for new connections to network. OCRs to be processed only for power outages or Reactive work that has significant impact on Health, Safety and/or Environment. This ban is in addition to the indefinite ban on operational shutdown requests with less than three days’ notice.
  • any participation in roster reviews or working or implementing any new rosters. Members will continue with the current roster pattern.
  • communicating with “Whispers” Customer Notifications for water outages and completing customer impact statements.
  • Indefinite ban on performing predictive work processes using Takadu.

For Production members:

  • For wastewater and water plants, indefinite ban on using Click and entering water quality data and field data into Scada Central.
  • Indefinite ban on contractors’ access to site. Contractors to only be given site access for emergency work (P5 and P6 breakdown maintenance) and for completing safety related work orders of any priority. This ban is applicable to Regional Delivery Consortia delivery partners only.
  • Indefinite ban on any current or future projects at all Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants and Ocean Treatment Plants. This includes a ban on:
      • Processing of information requests regarding the plant or project,
      • Site Access,
      • Site inspections and Authority to Commence Work.

    The above ban excludes any in-house Special Services Projects (Sydney Water Civil Projects Employees) working in any Wastewater, Water or Ocean Plants.

  • Indefinite ban on all current and proposed 3/2 minimum shift numbers meetings.
  • Indefinite ban on proposed E-Permit to Work (EPTW) meetings or implementation.
  • Indefinite ban on participation in virtual meetings and hook ups with Sydney Water Management.

For Field Sampling (FST) and Chemical Dosing members

Indefinite ban on the following:
• The use of FRM and Click Technology.
• Receiving work orders by email.
• Signing off completed work orders.

Have any questions or want to organise a meeting or teleconference in your work area?

Please speak with your workplace delegate or contact your ASU Organisers (Mick on 0408 619 265 / mick@asu.org.au  or Mal on 0414 910 710 / mtulloch@asu.org.au).

Remember - adverse action cannot be taken against ASU members who participate in protected industrial action – if you have any concerns about this, make sure you get in touch with us.

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