Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Tony Abbott's Building Code

Paul Lister - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Negotiations start at Thyssen Krupp

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Negotiations for a new EA at Thyssen Krupp are about to commence. A mass meeting will be held to elect a negotiating committee and to develop a log of claims.

Details for the mass meeting are as follows:

7am - Thursday 28 August - 18 Huntley Street, Alexandria.

Any questions may be directed to Dave McKinley on 0414 877 478 or davem@etunsw.asn.au


Lismore Base Hospital Work

Paul Lister - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Construction and upgrade work has now commenced at the Lismore Base Hospital with the managing contractor being John Holland. Following discussions with John Holland management, we are advised that the first stage will be earthworks.

John Holland have indicated that it is most likely to let the Electrical Contract in late August 2014 however from this time there may be employment opportunities for licenced electricians onsite.

We will endeavour to keep members up to date with any developments. All updates will be posted on the ETU website and any questions may be directed to ETU Organiser Geoff Prime - 0416 060 955.

Free Online Asbestos Training Package

Paul Lister - Monday, June 16, 2014

With the support of WorkCover NSW, the ETU and other industry representatives, have developed a free asbestos eā€learning package for electrical workers providing important information on:

  • What is asbestos
  • The health risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos
  • Where asbestos containing materials may be found in the electrical industry
  • The safety controls that minimise the risk of asbestos exposure
  • Examples of real life electrical work situations involving asbestos

To complete the online training simply CLICK HERE


Long Service Corporation Cancellation of Worker Registrations

Paul Lister - Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Long Service Corporation will soon be cancelling the registrations of workers who have not recorded service for at least 4 years, and who have less than 5 years recorded service in NSW.

The Corporation will be cancelling registrations under Section 19(1A) or 19(2) of the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Act 1986.

Notifications of the intention to cancel a workers registration will be issued to approximately 18 000 affected workers on 12 May 2014. Workers will have until 27 June 2014 to lodge an appeal against the cancellation of their registration.

Long Service Corporation have updated their website and Helpline messages with information about the cancellation of registrations.

ETU members are reminded to make sure the Corporation has your correct contact details.

If you have any enquiries about the cancellation process please phone Long Service Corporation customer service on 13 14 41.

Member Information Nights

Paul Lister - Thursday, May 22, 2014

The ETU in partnership with EISSNEW Law and RT Health are hosting a number of member information nights across the state commencing in June.

The first four information evenings will be held in NEWCASTLE, the CENTRAL COAST, SYDNEY and WOLLONGONG with a further eighteen meetings scheduled across the state.

ALL members from all industry sectors are invited to come along and hear from your leadership team about the challenges we face including industrial matters, campaigns and the latest developments in Superannuation.

Full details for the meetings in Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney and Wollongong including times, dates and venues can be found HERE.

A full list of regional locations and dates can be found HERE. Once times and venues have been finalised for these locations we will notify members.

Food and drink will be served. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Joanne Crowder on 02 9267 4844 or joannec@etunsw.asn.au

Workers Comp Cuts Hurting Injured Workers

Paul Lister - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New workers compensation laws are making life tough for injured workers, according to a new study from Macquarie University, funded by unions. Yet Andrew Constance, the NSW Finance Minister argues overall his scheme is helping people get back to work and delivering savings.

ABC 7.30 covered this story last week highlighting just how these changes are hurting ordinary people - view the ABC 7.30 report here.

On 1 January, 2014 injured workers who used to have their medical expenses covered by the workers compensation system were relegated to the scrap heap after changes by the O'Farrell Government took effect.

Injured workers who were waiting for medical procedures of were continuing to incur medical treatment costs were told by private insurers they were no longer covered leaving these people, many retiree's and pensioners, without any options and facing financial and personal hardship.

Unions NSW commissioned a report through Macquarie University to look at the impact of the O'Farrell Government's changes and the negative impact they are having on vulnerable injured workers. The full report can be read here.


Working in Heat

Paul Lister - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weather forecasters are predicting that parts of NSW and the ACT will experience high temperatures over the coming days.

All members should be aware of the dangers of heat stress and be familiar with the unions working in heat policy (2003), your employer’s heat management policy or the Workcover code of practice for managing the work environment.

In summary ETU members should observe the following as a minimum but individuals should take appropriate action depending on your individual health and work situation: 


Continuous work with normal breaks.


Minimum 15-minute break per hour worked.


Mandatory - stop work - do individual (Personal) risk assessment and determine if work is to continue, that work undertaken to be limited to fault and emergency or finalisation of current work (No New Work).

Click on the links provided for a full copy of the ETU Working in Heat (2003) policyWorkcover NSW’s website with details about working in heat and the Bureau of Meteorology for current weather forecasts (click on the map for your local forecast).

Members should exercise extreme care as temperatures rise. If you have any questions please contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

Harvard to deliver strong leadership for ETU

Paul Lister - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ETU Secretary Steve Butler last week left for Boston, Massachusetts where he will attend the Harvard Trade Union Program as a part of the Unions NSW delegation. The course, sponsored by Unions NSW, is aimed at developing union leaders to deal with the ever changing environment that’s unions and their members face.

The course, Preparing Leadership for the Challenges of the Future, being run between January 6 and February 14 is open to about 40 union leaders from around the globe and helps to develop managerial and organisational skills for union leaders when dealing with the complex nature of union governance and administration.

Some of the areas of study covered include: Strategic Planning for Unions, Leadership and Organisational Change, Union Governance and Administration, Lessons from Labour History, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Public Sector Labour Relations, Labour Law, New Tactics for Union Organising, the Global Economy and Unions and New Technology.

While Steve is away Assistant Secretaries Neville Betts and Paul Sinclair will oversee the day to day running of the NSW Branch.

National Licensing Aborted

Paul Lister - Friday, December 20, 2013

COAG have announced that they have officially aborted the National Licensing model covering electrical and other trade based licenses. 

Following the outcome of extensive State-based consultation, the majority of States decided not to pursue the proposed National Occupational Licensing Scheme reform. Most jurisdictions identified a number of concerns with the proposed NOLS model and potential costs. States instead decided to investigate approaches that would increase labour mobility and deliver net benefits for businesses and governments.
To this end, States agreed to work together via the Council for the Australian Federation (CAF) to develop alternative options for minimising licensing impediments to improving labour mobility and to manage the orderly disestablishment of the National Occupation Licensing Authority from early 2014.

Click here to read the full COAG statement.

Click here to read the letter from NSW Fair trading to the ETU NSW.