Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Free Online Asbestos Training Package

- Monday, June 16, 2014

With the support of WorkCover NSW, the ETU and other industry representatives, have developed a free asbestos e‐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

- 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

- 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

National Licensing Aborted

- 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.

ADT Security members win after first union agreement

- Friday, November 22, 2013

In February this year security technicians employed by ADT Securities (a Tyco company) contacted the ETU to seek advice regarding the advantages of a union endorsed EBA verses a non union EBA.

After meeting with all the techs to discuss the differences between the two options 100% of the security techs at ADT Securities joined the ETU.

Some months ago the union commenced negotiations on behalf of the workforce with management in what would be the first union agreement ever at ADT Securities.

Although the negotiations were been lengthy, members stuck firm and the outcome has been exceptional.

The new ETU union agreement contains exceptional wage increases and increases to the on call allowance along while also delivering better defined experience levels for the security industry.

In previous years under the non-union agreement workers at ADT Securities had received nothing more than CPI increases to wages.

A big congratulations to all ETU members at ADT Securities who now understand the power of unity.

Canberra Construction Update

- Friday, November 22, 2013

Rates of Pay for the Construction Industry.

The contactors that built the ASIO building, 4 National Circuit, Manhattan Apartments and the other big Government and private jobs have been snookered.

The “second level” players came into the market to fill the gap left in apartment building works.

I am being kind by calling these guys “second level”. They are the residential/small commercial contractors who put in prices on jobs the big companies didn’t have the staff to work on. The “second level” companies got the work with unbelievably low prices.

The ETU has been visiting sites and discovered how:

  • Low wages (award).
  • 40 hour week every week (no RDO) illegal under National Employment Standards.
  • Apprentice ratios.
  • Safety and Job admin compliance.
  • Training additional to trade training.
  • Working out of their garage.
  • Keeping the ETU and workers apart.

The ETU doesn’t begrudge any “rising star” companies competing. Far from it - the licence allows any electrician to become a contractor. But the result of some behaviours is:

  • Potential Safety Breaches
  • Injury “cover ups”
  • $300+ per week not being paid to workers
  • Less super for workers
  • Builders expecting up to 15% discount on previous tenders
  • The “race to the bottom” for wages and conditions
  • Redundancies and closure of the big players.

We can thank these "second level" companies for eroding pay and conditions won by ETU members.

There is no reason why a Contractor can’t quote a reasonable price and pay their workers properly.

The ETU and the guys need to talk to the boss and get a proper rate of pay and conditions. Join the ETU and lets fight for fair pay and conditions.

Any Canberra construction sparkies needing assistance can contact ETU Organiser, Mick Koppie.

Byron Bay Tunnel Project

- Friday, November 01, 2013

Info for Contracting members re Far North Coast project.

Baulderstone have indicated that they are still considering which electrical company will be taken on to do the fit out for the Byron Bay Tunnel.

The Union has been advised that Electric works will commence about May or June 2014. At this stage the tunnel breakthrough is not expected to happen till Jan or Feb 2014.

If any further info about this project comes to hand we update accordingly via the website.

Contact ETU Organiser Geoff Prime: 0416 060 955

Arc Up - June 2013

- Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Construction and Servicing industry newsletter Arc Up is now available for download. In this edition - Anniversary of the failed construction industry Lockout, mechanical sector update, electronic security industry update and the fire industry.

Download your copy of ARC UP