1SAPN – One SAPN, One Agreement


About 1SAPN

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About 1SAPN

The CEPU is fighting against the Australian Building and Construction Commissions (ABCC) decision that SA Power Networks Construction and Maintenance Services workers need a separate ABCC Code compliant agreement.

The ABCC was set up to control the commercial building and construction industry. The ABCC legislation – which caused an early double dissolution Federal election – is designed to limit the power of the CFMEU and other unions in the construction sector. The legislation is essentially a procurement policy that requires companies that wish to tender for Federal Government funded work to be ‘Code Compliant’.

Code compliance requires companies to have Enterprise Agreements that are compliant with the requirements of the Code. The Code forbids numerous Clauses that are in current agreements that have been negotiated and fought for over many years.

Stripping out agreement clauses have reduced job security in the construction sector by increasing casual and labour hire employment, reduced employee’s ability to maintain and improve wages and conditions and made construction sites more dangerous.

The federal Coalition Government claimed the ABCC legislation was necessary to provide a ‘tough cop on the beat’ to control the allegedly ‘lawless’ construction industry. It was never suggested that the legislation should affect the electricity supply industry, an industry that has been industrially harmonious in South Australia for decades.

Clause 6A of the Code allows the ABCC to be granted exemption from the code for essential service providers. It defines essential services as the provision of Electricity, Gas, Water and Telecommunications. SAPN applied for an exemption after being urged to do so by the unions. The unions have requested a copy of the application but SAPN has refused to provide it.

The ABCC eventually made a decision on the exemption application and agreed to exempt the regulated part of SAPNs business but not the un-regulated CaMS part of the business. The ABCC has advised SAPN that there are 21 ‘non-compliant’ clauses in the current agreement that need to be removed and there are 13 that require further investigation.

The effect of this decision is that the workforce would need to be split in two with two separate agreements with different terms and conditions. Our members have told us that they don’t want two agreements that leaves some SAPN employees worse off.

The CEPU has taken legal action to challenge the ABCC and will be in the Federal Court on the 25th of September to have the argument that CaMS is an essential service provider, not a building and construction company, and should be exempt from the Code. We have asked SAPN to support our legal challenge – SAPN have refused.

Apart from the legal challenge, the CEPU will be running an organising and media campaign and lobbying State and Federal politicians about this issue.

The CEPU, along with the other unions at SAPN, are engaging with members to explain the impact the ABCC Code could have. We are encouraging members to get involved in the 1 SAPN 1 Deal campaign to protect their job security and conditions of employment.

Spread the word, like and share our Face Book page, talk to your workmates, encourage them to join their union and join the fight.

Contact us if you have any questions or want to know more about how to get involved.

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Updates on the campaign


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Download the following documents, print them out and share them with your fellow workers. Get involved and help protect your rights!

1SAPN flyer

SAPN employee pledge


ABCC Code Issues 06-07-17

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Email your politicians

By contacting our political representatives in South Australia we


To contact South Australian politicians highlight and copy ONE of the following pieces of text and then click on a politician’s email address in the list below and simply paste the text in.

Step 1: Copy one of the paragraphs below

Power workers under attack
Hundreds of workers at SA Power Networks face losing workplace rights, conditions and employment security after the Turnbull Government’s building industry watchdog claimed they don’t provide an essential service.
Workers impacted come from the Construction and Maintenance Services (CaMS) division of the company. They including the skilled workers who repaired transmission towers following the devastating storm that cut power to South Australia last year, along with others who install National Broadband Network cabling, build substations, construct high voltage transmission lines, and install residential electricity networks.
This attack by the Australian Building and Construction Commission comes despite Employment Minister Michaelia Cash telling the parliament earlier this year that workers providing essential services such as power and telecommunications would not be impacted by a new building industry code that slashed the rights and conditions of construction workers.
For CaMS workers, this is likely to result in less job security, fewer employment rights, reduced conditions, and lower wages.
Consumers will also suffer as a result of these attacks on the skilled workers who install, upgrade and maintain essential power and communications networks in South Australia.


Removing workplace rights by stealth:

The building code is an unfair attack on workers rights. It is part of ongoing efforts by the Turnbull Government to further reduce the wages, conditions, rights, and bargaining power of Australian workers.

SA Power Networks is the first attempt by the ABCC to push the building code into the power and telecommunications sectors, and if they succeed tens of thousands of workers around the country will face similar cuts.

The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union has launched a test case in the Federal Court in an attempt to stop the spread of the building code, but the only way to restore fairness for all workers is to force a change in the law.

You can support the workers who serve you by demanding the Federal Government overturn this decision and stop the unfair attacks on Australian workers.


Step 2: Click on an email address below to create an email to that politician

Name Seat Telephone Email
Mr Mark Butler MP MP Port Adelaide SA 08 8241 0190
Mr Nick Champion MP MP Wakefield SA 08 8284 2422 Nick.Champion.MP@aph.gov.au
Ms Kate Ellis MP MP Adelaide SA 08 8269 2433 Kate.Ellis.MP@aph.gov.au
Senator the Hon Don Farrell Senator SA 08 8231 8400
Senator Alex Gallacher Senator SA 08 8269 6022 senator.gallacher@aph.gov.au
Mr Steve Georganas MP MP Hindmarsh SA 08 8376 9000 Steve.Georganas.MP@aph.gov.au
Ms Amanda Rishworth MP MP Kingston SA 08 8186 2588
Senator the Hon Penny Wong Senator SA (Leader of Opp Senate) 08 8212 8272
Mr Tony Zappia MP MP Makin SA 08 8265 3100 Tony.Zappia.MP@aph.gov.au
Sen Derryn Hinch Senator VIC 03 9820 2222 senator.hinch@aph.gov.au
Mr Adam Bandt MP


MP Melbourne VIC

(Spokesperson IR)

03 9417 0759 Adam.Bandt.MP@aph.gov.au
Sen Sarah Hanson-Young Senator SA 08 8227 0425 senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au
Sen Lucy Gichuhi Senator SA 08 8205 1050
Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham Senator SA 08 8354 1644
Senator David Fawcett Senator SA 08 8205 1040 senator.fawcett@aph.gov.au
Ms Nicolle Flint MP MP Boothby SA 08 8374 0511 Nicolle.Flint.MP@aph.gov.au
Mr Tony Pasin MP MP Barker SA 08 8724 7730
Mr Christopher Pyne MP MP Sturt SA 08 8431 2277 C.Pyne.MP@aph.gov.au
Mr Rowan Ramsey MP MP Grey SA 08 8633 1744
Senator the Hon Anne Ruston Senator SA 08 8586 6600
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Senator WA

(Minister for Employment)

08 9226 2000
Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP MP Mayo SA 08 8398 5566
Sen Nick Xenophon Senator SA 08 8232 1144 senator.xenophon@aph.gov.au
Sen Stirling Griff Senator SA 08 8212 1409 senator.griff@aph.gov.au
Sen Skye Kakoschke-Moore Senator SA 08 8232 0220 senator.kakoschke-moore@aph.gov.au


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