|Issue No 32||24 September 1999|
Staff Frustration Boils Over at Sydney Water
By Noel Hester
Frustrated ASU members at Sydney Water have called for a general stoppage at the corporation next Wednesday. It will be the first industrial action across the whole organisation since 1995.
Years of relentless downsizing, a recent offer of voluntary redundancies to the entire staff plus a lack of movement in enterprise bargaining has led union members to say enough is enough.
ASU Secretary Alison Peters says although a new management team and a new management structure was put in place after last year's contamination scare profits continue to be the bottom line.
'At the end of the day we accept that Sydney Water should be run in an efficient manner. But there is no clear direction from management about how to deal with the issues raised in the McClellan report. These are the same issues the ASU has been raising for close to a decade,' she said.
'ASU members are as frustrated as other employees in the public sector - in transport, community services and the other utilities.'
ASU members at Sydney Water will be conducting a stop work meeting at Redfern Oval at 9 am Wednesday 29 September. They are expected to rally outside the Sydney Water Head Office in Bathurst Street after the meeting
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