Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Aristocrat Members: It’s time for You to Decide…

Paul Lister - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Following the ETU’s last notice outlining just how well Aristocrat are doing financially, largely as a result of a highly skilled and committed workforce including machine technicians, management are going to move ahead by circulating a draft agreement for employees to vote on.

Management have increased their offer following the ETU’s notice last week but it is now up to members to decide if this deal is good enough. The ETU recognises that the wage offer has increased from the original 2% but we will let members decide if the deal is good enough.

Below is an update on what management’s new offer/draft agreement is likely to include.

It’s up to Members to Decide.

The ETU Will respect the view of members. If you vote to accept this agreement the ETU will be party to the agreement and we will continue to represent you in the workplace by making sure any new agreement is enforced.

If members vote to reject the agreement, we will return to the negotiating table with your negotiating committee/delegates and seek to secure an improved offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your delegates or ETU Organiser Ben Lister on 0400 264 007 / benl@etunsw.asn.au


Paul Lister - Friday, August 26, 2016

On Friday 19th August ETU members conducted a 24hr stoppage and during that time a mass meeting was also held to discuss the progress of the EBA negotiations. At that meeting it was resolved that the outstanding issues of inclusion of status quo in the Dispute Settlement Clause and Travelling Time still needed resolving before an Agreement could be settled. In a bid to reach an outcome and recognize the company’s concerns with the current Dispute Settlement Clause clause being proposed by the ETU, it was decided that a compromise form of the status quo provision be put the company. The words proposed would more clearly restrict the circumstances under which status quo could be invoked. In terms of travelling time, members remained unhappy with the current FXA proposal based on the lack of recognition of time it takes to get to jobs which are inappropriately allocated too far away from technician’s homes.

Today the negotiating committee met with management and they rejected the compromise clause put regarding status quo which would have restricted the invoking of status quo only to circumstances where the company introduced change which had a major effect on a majority of employees. Fuji Xerox rejected the proposition citing examples such as if FXA wanted to make employees redundant or if the parent company dictated a new process or policy, then status quo would hold this up. On the issue of travelling time Fuji Xerox were unwilling to accept a compromise and maintained their most recent offer of 15 minute incremental start time concessions for every 25km travelled outside the district boundary.

Given the stalemate, the company stated that it wished to apply to the Fair Work Commission for assistance via conciliation and undertook to maintain the current offer in full, on the condition that all industrial action cease. The negotiating committee took the view that this process may be helpful but that we could not confirm our agreeance with this until we have consulted our members at a mass meeting.

To that end there will be a mass meeting held at 4pm on Monday 29th August at Rosehill Bowling Club to discuss the proposal. All members are expected to attend. This is a management approved meeting to discuss the above proposed way forward and all members are expected to attend.

If you are not in the ETU and you want to do the right thing and join in a collective effort to help yourself and your mates – CLICK HERE AND JOIN THE ETU TODAY ONLINE.

ETU Lift Delegates Discuss Industry Issues

Paul Lister - Monday, August 22, 2016

Last week the ETU bought together delegates from the lift industry to discuss issues effecting the sector. Delegates from all the major lift companies were present with ETU Organiser Steve Bankes also attending.

Some of the key industry issues raised included:

  • Single person / 2 person tasks.
  • Introduction of technology into the sector affecting employees including – GPS Tracking, Finger print (vein) entry to buildings and security of personal information.
  • Electrical licensing.
  • Apprentices, including – licensing, E-Profile sign off if only doing lift industry electrical work rather than general electrical work.
  • Asbestos in lift motor rooms.
  • Industry deaths in New Zealand.
  • Motion put forward to hold an annual industry wide mass meeting of all members
  • Training for Delegates, and
  • Support for the CUB workers in Victoria.

ETU Organiser Steve Bankes said that the meeting was productive and engaging with delegates driving discussion around issues that affect all ETU members in the sector regardless of who they work for.



ETU NSW throws financial support behind sacked CUB workers

Paul Lister - Friday, August 19, 2016

The NSW Branch of the ETU/CEP has donated $10,000 towards the fighting fund to support the 55 sacked CUB workers in Melbourne who are members of the ETU and the AMWU.

On top of this NSW construction industry members chipped in a further $2,000 out of their own pocket while an AMWU/ETU fundraiser last Wednesday night saw another $5,000 raised bringing the total to almost $20,000.

ETU Secretary Steve Butler said that the actions of CUB were un-Australian which is a far reach from a company that trades so heavily on what it is to be an Australian.

“As an act of solidarity these funds will be provided to help support the effected workers and assist their campaign for full re-instatement” said NSW Secretary Steve Butler.

“This is what being union is all about, standing united and supporting each other in times of need.”

“I have personally visited the picket line in Melbourne and I have meet these workers and understand what they are going through as a result of this bastard act from their employer.”

“I am proud of our membership in NSW for stepping up to the plate to support our brothers and sisters in Victoria during this dispute.” said Steve.

“I encourage all members, their families and friends to consider supporting other brands when next visiting the local bottle shop.” Steve said

Fuji Xerox workers down tools for 24

Paul Lister - Friday, August 19, 2016

ETU members at Fuji Xerox business machines downed tools today for a 24 hour period after the company refused to include fairness provisions in a new enterprise agreement.

Negotiations have been ongoing for some time with the company originally wanting to strip back wages and conditions to pre 1996 levels however through union power and negotiations Fuji Xerox has been unable to achieve this.

A number of fairness provisions remain outstanding which employees at Fuji Xerox want to see included in any new agreement, these include:

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without resolving differences with employees that the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. Flexibility from the company on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other that currently have unreal expectations placed on them.

ETU Organiser Mark Buttigieg said that Fuji Xerox workers were left with no option but to down tools for a period for 24 hours in an attempt to unlock the current stalemate over what are basic rights every worker should enjoy.

“It’s not as though we are demanding double digit pay increases or restrictive work practices” said Mark Buttigieg.

“The outstanding matters are basic rights that all workers should enjoy, it comes down to fairness and realistic expectations and we believe the company should come to the party on these matters” Mark said.

“Today’s action saw a great turnout from members at Fuji Xerox and shows that these highly skilled workers are prepared to stand by each other to secure a decent and fair outcome.”

“Following a stop work meeting held earlier today we are calling on management to return to the negotiating table and accept these fairness provisions.” said Mark.

Fuji Xerox Industrial Action

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 18, 2016

FXA members and supporters,

As you all know the negotiations with Fuji Xerox have been tough and protracted. Remember where this started – with Fuji wanting to strip away numerous conditions and pay which had been hard fought for over many years.

Let’s remember FXA’s starting position which would have taken the Agreement backwards to a pre-1996 position;

  • Slash redundancy payments down to a 52 week cap for new starters. Playing off new employees against existing.
  • Eliminating the car allowance option for new starters. Again playing off new employees against existing.
  • Slashing the car allowance for existing employees down to $12,893 and an increase in the excess km threshold before allowing claims. (Originally they proposed ending the car allowance).
  • A measly $1000 annual increase to the base.
  • No other allowance increases .
  • Introduction of satellite vehicle tracking.

Thanks to the resoluteness and collective effort of ETU members these things were taken off the table and we are now at a point where we are fighting tooth and nail just to get some sensible improvements in the Agreement;

  1. The introduction of a clause which stops FXA implementing major change without having resolved differences with a group of employees who the changes may have a severe effect on.
  2. A modest increase in wages.
  3. A little bit of flexibility from FXA on travelling time for employees being sent from one side of Sydney to the other and being expected to be there at 8:30am.

It’s not too much to ask a multinational company with over a billion dollar turnover in Australia that makes huge profits. All we want is for them to treat their employees with decency by recognising their employee role in that profit by having a fair and reasonable Agreement.

In accordance with the unanimously supported resolution of the last mass meeting held at Rosehill Bowling Club on Thursday 11th August there is a legally sanctioned 24hr stoppage;

Commencing: Midnight tonight Thursday 18 August 2400hrs

Ending: Midnight Friday 19th August 2359Hrs.

All members are expected  to not attend duties during this time. Note there is no requirement under the Fair Work Act to inform your employer of your intention to take protected industrial action.

A mass meeting will be held tomorrow Friday 19th August: 10am Rosehill Bowling Club (Corner Hassall St / James Ruse Drive Rosehill.

This is a critical point in the negotiations and it is absolutely critical that everyone attends so we can hear everyone’s views and feedback.

Non-attendance will be taken as supporting whatever decision the meeting takes tomorrow.

Time for Aristocrat to pay out after hitting the Jackpot

Paul Lister - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ETU members are aware that we have been in negotiations for a new EBA that delivers improved pay and conditions. Members would also know that Aristocrat in recent years has hit the Jackpot so to speak, all you need to do is look at their performance over the past year, I have included this on the next page so members can understand exactly how well Aristocrat are doing.

After ONLY 3 EBA MEETINGS management have now told us that the next meeting, scheduled for 25 August, will be the final negotiating meeting. Rather than continue good faith negotiations management have said that they intend to circulate a new agreement for employees to vote on. So what are they offering? 


Aristocrat Can & Should Do Better…

In the past year Aristocrats share price has doubled. This has not been through management waiving a magic wand – this growth has been driven by the hard work and commitment from you, the workers.

Last year revenue grew by 47% to over $1 Billion and profits grew 53% to $372 million and on top of this shareholders received a 25% pay increase in their dividends.

So where to from here?

Through negotiations management and the union have been able to agree on some improvement such as Living Away from Home Allowance, Team Leader Allowance and we are working on options around personal use of work vehicles and cashing out of sick leave however nothing has been agreed to in these areas.


Members should take the time to update your details with the union to ensure you receive up to date information and any employee who is not currently a union member is encouraged to join. If you have any questions or would like to JOIN THE ETU, contact Ben Lister on 0400 264 007.


CUB Fundraiser - Wednesday 17 August

Paul Lister - Monday, August 15, 2016

Fuji Xerox EBA Update - 12 August

Paul Lister - Monday, August 15, 2016

Please click on the link below for the latest update on the Fuji Xerox EBA negotiations. This follows the four hour work stoppage last Thursday and provides additional information for members following a meeting with management last Friday.



ETU NSW Supports Sacked CUB Workers

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 11, 2016

The ETU NSW Branch has swung their support behind our Victorian brothers in their fight against Carlton & United Breweries after CUB contracted out the jobs of 54 electricians and fitters and offered the workers to reapply for their old jobs on 65% less pay.

The ETU NSW, AMWU and Unions NSW are hitting the streets tomorrow to raise awareness of this bastard act with members of the public. WE ARE ASKING ALL ETU MEMBERS TO ATTEND ONE OF THE ACTIONS OCCURING TOMORROW IN SYDNEY CBD, PARRAMATTA AND PENRITH.

We will be handing out flyer asking members of the public to boycott CUB products including VB. Details for each event can be found below - please click on the link for each event for full details.

SYDNEY CBD - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 1pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Salim Babar: 0417 286 482)

PARRAMATTA - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 2pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Iris Knight 0429 464 064)

PENRITH - CLICK HERE (Penrith Plaza - Riley St 12noon - 2pm outside Westfield entry/exit handing out flyers. Contact Mary Yaager 0408 931 899)