Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Dan Ta takes out ETU Footy Tipping Comp

Paul Lister - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

ETU member and Nilsen Engineering Services electrician Dan Ta has won the ETU footy tipping competition after leading the competition for the first twelve rounds before being knocked out of first place necessitating a comeback late in the season.

Dan said the comp was neck and neck with one other member as they headed into the finals where Dan adopted a strategy to pick the opposite teams to his rival, a strategy which paid off handing Dan Ta victory in the final two rounds.

Dan has won a week’s accommodation in the ETU’s Holiday Cabins located at Nambucca Heads on the NSW north coast. Dan said he is planning to get away sometime next year with his wife and kids where the will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the White Albatross Holiday Park where the ETU cabins are located.

When asked what his tip is for ETU members participating in next years’ footy tipping contest Dan said that the Parramatta Eel’s are set to be the Premiers and any member that supports the Eel’s throughout the season will be rewarded.

Details on next year’s footy tipping comp will be provided a couple of weeks before the NRL comp starts.

 

ETU Newcaslte Have Moved

Paul Lister - Monday, October 24, 2016

The ETU office is Newcastle has relocated to the following address:

Hunter Workers Building
Suite 4B
Ground Floor
406-408 King Street
Newcastle West  NSW  2302

Phone, fax and email remain unchanged:

Phone: 02 4968 2488
Fax: 02 4968 3466
Email: etunewcastle@etunsw.asn.au

Ballot Papers to Arrive, Members to Decide

Paul Lister - Thursday, September 29, 2016

You will have or will be receiving your official ballot and return envelope to vote on managements proposed EBA. All members would have received a copy of the agreement which was emailed to you last week by the company. The ballot paper and reply envelope has be mailed to your home address.
 
The ETU encourage all members to read thru the proposed EBA thoroughly and consider how the agreement affects your workplace/workmates, you as an individual and your family. We also refer members to our previous notices outlining how well the company is performing as a result of your hard work and commitment – you can click here to read our previous notice.

Here are some facts to consider:

  1. Due to the inability to set the maximum rostered week at 40 hours under the proposed agreement the company can refer to the award. Under the award a working week can be rostered with as many as 60 hours per week as long as the roster cycle (field technician - 8-10 weeks) maintains a 38 hour average per week. Wages can be adjusted according to rostered hours for any given week.
  2. Away from home allowance will only be payed when working OUTSIDE YOUR COST CENTER.
  3. Under the agreement it is possible that actual weekend earnings could fall as a result of reduced working hours.
  4. During the EBA roadshows the company estimated the total value of the EBA package to be between circa $400,000, please read our earlier notice on just how well the company is performing.
  5. The company estimates the rollout costs of GPS/AWS to exceed $2 MILLION DOLLARS. So the company is prepared to spend four time more on monitoring than investing in their people.

It is essential all members vote and it is up to you how you vote. Please submit your sealed vote directly to your delegate, unit manager or use the reply paid envelope.

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

ETU Alerted After Workers Suffer Electric Shock on Sydney Worksite.

Paul Lister - Monday, September 26, 2016

ETU Organisers attended a Richard Crookes construction site in Leichhardt first thing this morning after being alerted on the weekend that two workers suffered electric shock.

After attending the site, the ETU has learned that the incident occurred on Saturday when an excavation team attempted to move a temporary switchboard which was damaged in the process leading to one of the three phases pulling away from the links with the board and frame becoming live.

ETU Organiser Fred Barbin said qualified electrical workers should first isolate any temporary board before moving and that the incident could have easily resulted in a fatality.

“What we have discovered is that the excavation contractor attempted to move the board when it fell over and became live.” said Fred.

“After the board has fallen one of the workers tried to pick it up not knowing that the frame around the temp was live which has resulted in electric shock.

"A second worker was shocked when he attempted to free the first worker from the temporary power supply, it was not until a third worker using a non-conductor freed both workers by knocking them free.” Fred said.

“These two workers are very lucky to be alive, the outcome from this incident could have been much worse.” said Fred.

Builder Richard Crookes notified SafeWork NSW as soon as the incident occurred and SafeWork NSW attended the site on Saturday but as usual did not take any action. Electrical Contractor G-Force was called in to rectify the situation and make the site safe.

This is a classic example of what will happen if employer associations are successful in their push to water down electrical licensing and trade qualifications. The ETU is fighting for members to ensure our trade and license are of the highest possible standard to ensure other workers and the public remain safe from the dangers of electricity.

Electrical Apprentice Karlyn Hinch Collects $500 Tool Voucher

Paul Lister - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Apprentice Electrician Karlyn Hinchy, daughter of long time ETU lift industry member Brad Hinchy, recently received a $500 tool voucher after completing the ETU apprentice survey.

ETU Assistant Secretary Dave McKinley presented Karlyn with her voucher and thanked apprentices for completing the survey which will assist the ETU across the country in better serving and representing electrical apprentices.

Dave said that Apprentices represent an important part of our trade and that the ETU will continue to fight to strengthen and protect our apprenticeship and trade training system.

"Electrical apprentices have a rewarding career to look forward to as they embark on a journey in the most respected trade." said Dave McKinley

"As our trade develops and evolves with new technology, the ETU will continue to stand up and fight for electrical apprentices and other workers in the electrical trades to ensure our license and trade training system remain first class.

"We can not allow governments or employers to dumb down our trade, license or safety standards under the smoke screen of lower regulation and greater efficiency.

"The ETU will not allow these kinds of attacks to occur and our first port of call will be to represent and protect our apprentices." said Dave.

Newcastle Kone Members Vote to Continue Action

Paul Lister - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Last night ETU and AMWU members working at Kone in Newcastle voted unanimously to continue industrial action in their fight to secure an enterprise agreement.

Kone, who pay their workers under enterprise agreements across the entire country with the exception of Newcastle, are refusing to extend fair agreement conditions to ETU members in Newcastle. This has resulted in ETU and AMWU members taking prolonged industrial action to secure a fair outcome.

ETU Organiser Justin Page has been supporting the guys throughout the fight with the group growing more resolved to secure an agreement.

"If Kone don't want to come to the party ETU members have made it clear that they will continue their action." said Justin Page.

At the same time as voting for ongoing industrial action this group of dedicated members also sent a message of support to our brothers at the ETU Victorian Branch who are continuing their fight with CUB.

 

Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Electrical Licensing Under Attack

Paul Lister - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dear Colleague

Below you will find a link to a copy of the ETU NSW submission to the NSW Government’s approach to deregulating the apprenticeship system, the ETU NSW Branch submission was lodged Monday afternoon.

CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE SUBMISSION.

The ETU NSW Branch has sought the assistance of the McKell Institute in preparing the submission.  The McKell Institute formulated the response based on industry commentary from bosses, the Union, TAFE teachers & regulators.  There is also generous input from the training industry.

Concerns about many issues are included. Here are just a few:-

  • Registered Training Organisations providing dummy training or no training at all.
  • The capacity for workers to enter Apprenticeships as independent contractors or casuals.
  • Continued reduction in face to face theory education.
  • Use of apprentices as cheap labour and supervising each other.
  • Bullying of apprentices by bosses and some tradesmen.
  • Wage rates that are so low apprentices are finding it difficult to survive.
  • Trade outcomes reduced with less rigor on the Trade.
  • Less rigor on the Trade means it’s easier to get an Electrical License and that means our Trade is undermined.

This is our biggest fight ever and I will be ensuring that we develop and initiate a campaigning approach to this matter.

Please read the report thoroughly and hold meetings in your workplace to bring the issues to the attention of your workmates. Please use the elements of the report to talk to apprentices and get them to join the campaign and join the Union.

Please feel free to forward the report on to as many of your acquaintances as you can – workers, bosses and trainers alike.

The ETU NSW Branch are going to campaign strongly on this issue and your assistance and support will be essential.

In unity

Steve Butler
Secretary

 

Solidarity Sips - 21 September

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time to flick the switch at Parliament House

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ETU members working at Parliament House in Canberra along with other building maintenance workers are preparing to vote in a protected action ballot in order to take industrial action after negotiations with the Commonwealth Government stalled.

Parliament House building maintenance workers will join thousands of other Commonwealth public servants including Border Force, Immigration, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Tax Office and Defence in taking industrial action in an attempt to secure a fair agreement outcome.

 ETU Organiser Matt McCann said that the offer made by the Department of Parliamentary Services would result in a cut to take home pay of more than 17%.

“The department have put an offer on the table, which if accepted, would result in a reduction in the take home pay for ETU members.” Matt McCann said.

“Our members are joining a growing list of Commonwealth public servants taking industrial action as a result of the Liberal National Government continues their attack on hard working honest Australians.” Matt said.

“If this industrial action goes ahead we will not be able to guarantee that the lights of Parliament House will stay on which could potentially shut down our national legislature.

“Our members perform an important role at Parliament House ensuring that the building continues to operate 24 hours a day in some cases while providing a safe workplace for our nations decision makers and politicians.

“It’s time that the Turnbull Government deliver a fair outcome or risk working in the dark.” Finished Matt.

Read coverage of this issue in the Canberra Times.

Fuji Xerox EBA Update - 20 September

Paul Lister - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dear Members,

On Monday 26th September we will be attending a Fair Work conciliation conference before Deputy President Bull at 2pm at the Fair Work Commission, William St Sydney. The conference was applied for by FXA and is supported by the ETU in accordance with the mass meeting that was held on Monday 29th August 2016.

The conference will seek assistance from President Bull on resolution of the outstanding matters of;

1. The inclusion of a Status Quo provision as part of the Dispute Settlement Process that maintains the working arrangements that were in place prior to a dispute until the dispute is resolved and 
2. An improved travelling time clause which recognizes the extensive time delays incurred by technicians when travelling across the FXA service area.

By nature this conciliation process is non-binding on both parties but often can have a positive effect on resolving outstanding issues.

We will be putting the case that these things are matters of great consequence for our members and to that end we intend to represent your interests with an optimistic view and open mind on the matters but in a forthright manner which argues the case as to why these measures are absolutely necessary.

If members are willing to attend the conference it is always a valuable experience for our membership and also adds value and transparency to the process to actually have real workers at the hearings - please contact me if you are interested.

Finally, if you are fortunate enough to have benefited from what your colleagues and their activism in the union have done for you over many years of agreement negotiations and representation and you are still not in the ETU, why not do the right thing ? Join in the collective effort to help you and your mates.

Please go to the website and join today. There is never a better time to get with the strength and join your union.

In Unity
Mark Buttigieg
markb@etunsw.asn.au / 0417 208 447