Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

National Day of Action - Stand Up Fight Back

Paul Lister - Monday, June 19, 2017

A National Day of Action has been organised to stand up and fight back against the Turnbull Government attacks on workers including:

  • Cuts to Penalty Rates
  • Rampant Wage Theft from Employers
  • ABCC & Building Code Attacks, and
  • Exploitation of Overseas Workers

Rally's have been organised in Sydney and Canberra taking place tomorrow Tuesday 20 June, details below.

$50,000 RECOVERED FOR 30 KONE APPRENTICES

Peter Moss - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ETU INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS MASSIVE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE UNDERPAYMENT

Kone apprentices are all smiles after banking thousands of dollars in backpay, thanks to union action.

An ETU investigation revealed the young ETU members were being paid just a fraction of their rightful travel allowance.

They are entitled to the same travel allowance as tradespeople but had been receiving lower rates.

Thirty apprentices were owed amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. That money is now safe in their pockets.

Are you being paid your full entitlements? Check with your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

$66,000 UNPAID SUPER RECOVERED FOR 30 ETU MEMBERS

Peter Moss - Monday, May 29, 2017

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO JOHN AYRES ELECTRICAL

 The ETU has recovered $66,000 in superannuation owed to around 30 ETU members.

Contractor JOHN AYRES ELECTRICAL failed to pay compulsory super and MERC redundancy contributions between January and May for some electricians.

 The missing money has been recovered but an ETU crackdown on missing super continues.

 ETU member Brad Potter, working for John Ayres Electrical on an inner-city site, said he was ‘pissed off’.

 ‘This a major cock-up with our money but the company seems to think it is not a big deal,’ said Brad. ‘We earned that super. It’s not for the boss to delay payment for any reason.’

 3 TOP TIPS FOR GUARDING YOUR SUPER

  1. CHECK the employer name and ABN on your pay slip. This is the company you are legally employed by
  2.  CHECK your super account ONLINE by the 14th day of every month. This is the only way to be sure your super is paid up-to-date
  3.  IF YOU have not received super contributions for three months – or if you have any other concern – contact your ETU delegate or organiser for support

ETU Attends Canberra Day of Mourning

Paul Lister - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The ACT commemorated International Day of Mourning at a site set up some years ago by the ACT Labor Government. It’s in a beautiful spot close to Lake Burly Griffin and adjacent the Carillion.

There were speeches from local Political leaders, Unions ACT, CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall and a Mother who had lost her son in an industrial accident, the circumstances of this loss was staggering.

Speakers commented on the legal and public outrage delivered to other offenders, for example “coward punch” initiators and the “slap on the wrist” for employers who fail to meet their safe workplace obligations.

Its fair to say that bosses have become emboldened in recent years, willing to cut corners for the sake of saving time, in the pursuit of even greater profits and these bosses are unlikely to change their tune until we change the Government and get rid of the ABCC and building code - both of which threaten the safety of workers.

Despite the sombre tone there was a significant gathering and the local Tradies Club who put on a sausage sizzle and drinks – thank you guys.

APPLY NOW - ETU 2017 Education Scholarships

Paul Lister - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.

To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 2017.

Another Worker Killed Connected to the Notorious Barangaroo Site

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 02, 2017

A worker aged in his 30’s was tragically killed yesterday while working on the construction of the Barangaroo ferry hub. It has been reported that a steel beam fell and crushed the worker at around 4.30pm on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 March.

NSW Police and Safework NSW are investigating but ETU organiser Stewart Edward said that yesterday’s tragic accident was the latest in a long list of OHS problems that have plagued the site ever since construction started.

“My thoughts and the thoughts of all ETU members go out to this workers family.” said Stewart.

“Every single worker deserves to go home safe at night to his or her family and sadly yesterday’s incident is the latest in a long list of OHS problems that have occurred on this site over a period of years.

“I can only hope that this is the last accident and fatality to occur on this site but based on past safety performance I am not confident that it will be.” Stewart said.

“The reintroduction of the ABCC and the building code, which are designed to limit the ability of unions to access sites and represent members, will only make matters worse in the future, but right now we need all members to look out for each other and to identify potential safety breaches before an accident can occur.”

“The best chance workers have at maintaining high safety standards is to join their union and notify us when there is a problem.” finished Stewart.

Work is about to commence on the casino project within the precinct which is expected to provide a further three to four years work of construction work. The ETU has concerns around the level of Labour Hire being used in all trades across the site and the union will be making this a focus well into the future.

ETU Footy Tipping Comp 2017 – Win a week away at the ETU Holiday Cabins

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 02, 2017

With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.

We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE ETU FOOTY TIPPING COMP HOME PAGE.

The competition password is: Electric

In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.

In Unity,

Dave McKinley - Secretary

National Fight Back Rally - 9 March

Paul Lister - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Construction RDO calendar now available

Paul Lister - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 2017 ETU construction RDO calendar is now available for members online and printed versions are available from ETU organisers.

Click here for a printable version.

ETU members stay strong and reject Fredon's attempt at sneaking out non union EBA.

Paul Lister - Friday, December 16, 2016

This morning ETU members at Fredon voted down Fredon's nonunion EBA.  A clear majority of nearly 90 workers overwhelmingly rejected the company's offer to give up their hard fought conditions in return for little more than back pay. The bosses had tried to sneak the agreement out without consulting the ETU, delegates or talking to the workers using 'the carrot' of the back pay and 'the stick' of it not being offered again!

Fredon bosses, including recently appointed NECA national President, Alan Brown rolled out the nonunion EBA to its workers on Friday 9th of December, despite an agreement between Fredon and their employees and their appointed bargaining agent, the ETU. After negotiations stalled earlier this year, Fredon bosses issued an email to its workforce saying that the ETU was seeking further legal advice. The ETU agreed with Fredon management to resume negotiations once they had that advice. Instead of sticking to that agreement, Fredon bosses sought to undermine the union by claiming the ETU had failed to get back to them.  These are the underhanded tactics NECA members have been using for years.

As Fredon bosses are well aware, the only time the ETU could start to get firm advice was after the Federal Election and then the subsequent vote in the Federal senate. This legislation regarding the ABCC and the 'building code only became law from midnight 2nd December 2016. Only then could the ETU start to determine a position which was best for it's members without being forced to give up key employment security clauses protecting labour hire and apprentices rates.  The ETU is currently working through the ramifications of the extreme legislation which was lobbied for by NECA ( see Alan Brown) and passed in the senate by the liberal/nationals, and independents including Pauline Hanson(one nation), Nick Xenophon, Derren Hynch and others.

Th ETU will continue to update members at Fredon on the requests made to Fredon management to sit down to negotiate a union EBA

On behalf of its members at Fredon and across the contracting sector the ETU would like to wish all members,  activists and delegates a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017.


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