To all ETU Members
Today’s announcement that the Federal government has cut a deal with the Labor party to pass the Chafta enabling legislation is gutting.
Since the day it was announced the ETU has been on the front foot campaigning against the anti-worker elements of the China FTA.
The protections that have been secured are woefully inadequate. The narrowness of the labour market testing provisions still leave the door open for the driving down of conditions and the exploitation of migrant workers.
The comparative weakness of the licensing regulation changes means that there are still serious safety concerns around the removal of mandatory skills testing.
We recognise the value of compromise and negotiated outcomes, but this deal is not acceptable. The amendments might be better than nothing, but not by much.
This deal stinks. Even though it appears our political options are exhausted the campaign will continue.
Working Australians have a right to know what this rotten Turnbull government has done.
We will continue our campaign from now until the next Federal election and beyond to ensure we get rid of these anti-worker elements.
Our fight continues to protect our jobs, our safety and our sovereignty.
Proud to be Union
Allen Hicks - National Secretary
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
To all ETU Members
The ETU is required to disclose any political expenditure incurred during a declared period leading up to NSW General Elections. This disclosure was made by the ETU NSW Branch and the CEPU Electrical Division NSW Branch on Tuesday 22 September in accordance with reporting requirements.
The ETU today received confirmation from the NSW Electoral Funding Authority that our disclosure has been reviewed and accepted with no questions arising.
Full details of all political disclosures for all entities will be available on the NSW Electoral Funding Authority website next month.
Will the China Free Trade Agreement be good for local jobs?
The Turnbull Liberal Government is intent on forcing the China Free Trade Agreement through the Senate before Christmas.
Australian Unions believe the China Free Trade Agreement will:
be BAD for local jobs
be BAD for workplace safety
be BAD for local communities
undercut local rates of pay
exploit overseas workers
Come hear both sides and decide for yourself! public debates have been organised for the following locations and we encourage as many ETU members as possible to come along.
Kevin Hogan MP, Nationals Member for Page is invited to debate Tony Maher, Construction, Foresty, Mining and Energy Union.
When: October 27, 2015 at 6pm - 7pm
Where: South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club - 2 Wharf St, South Grafton
Contact: Sharryn Usher - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Coleman MP, Liberal Member for Banks is invited to debate Allen Hicks, Electrical Trades Union.
When: October 27, 2015 at 6pm - 7pm
Where: Club Central Hurstville - 2 Crofts Ave, Hurstville
Contact: Maryanne Stuart - email@example.com
Karen McNamara MP, Liberal Member for Dobell and Lucy Wicks MP, Liberal Member for Robertson are invited to debate Ged Kearney, ACTU President and Jane Calvert, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
When: October 27, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: The Entrance Leagues Club - 3 Bay Village Rd, Bateau Bay
Contact: Aarin Moon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Scott MP, Liberal Member for Lindsay and Louise Markus MP, Liberal Member for Macquarie are invited to debate Ged Kearney, ACTU President and Jane Calvert, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
Peter Hendy MP, Liberal Member for Eden-Monaro is invited to debate Michael O'Connor, National Secretary, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
When: October 30, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm
Where: The Royal Hotel - 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan
Contact: Jeremy Kirkwood - email@example.com
Ann Sudmalis MP, Liberal Member for Gilmore is invited to debate Jane Calvert, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.
When: November 18, 2015 at 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Bomaderry Bowling Club - 154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry
Contact: Lisa Kremmer - firstname.lastname@example.org
A mass meeting of BlueScope members will be held tomorrow 7am at the Fairy Meadow Fraternity Club - 11 Bourke St, Fairy Meadow.
At this meeting members will be voting on the outcome of the mediation (Click here to read a copy of the recommendations / Click here to read a copy of the Mamorandum of agreement). This is an impportant meeting and it is vital for every ETU member to attend.
The doors of the club will be open at 6.30am with the meeting starting 7am sharp.
Dave McKinley - ETU Assistant Secretary
The AEC recently conducted the quadrennial elections for the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch.
Section 197(1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) requires the AEC to provide a written report on the conduct of the election to the Fair Work Commission and to the organisation or branch for whom the election was conducted.
Further, Regulation 141(4) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 requires an organisation or branch to publish a notice on its website advising members that a copy of the Post Election Report is available upon request.
If you would like a copy of the AEC post election report please send an email requesting a copy of this report to email@example.com
The CEPU NSW Divisional Branch and the ETU of Australia, NSW branch recently held their quadrennial elections.
The Australian Electrical Commission conducted the election for the CEPU NSW Divisional Branch where the position of Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary was contested. Eligible members were issued with ballot papers and the ballot closed on Monday 24 August at 12 noon.
At the conclusion of counting and checking the AEC issued the formal declaration of results declaring Neville Betts elected to the position of CEPU Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary.
The NSW Electoral Commission conducted the election for the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, NSW Branch where the positions of Assistant Secretary and State Councillors representing Supply Authority were contested. Eligible members were issued with ballot papers and the ballot closed on Monday 24 August at 12 noon.
At the conclusion of counting and checking the NSW Electoral Commission issued the formal declaration of results declaring Dave McKinley elected to the position of ETU NSW Branch Assistant Secretary and the following members were elected to the position of State Councillor representing the Supply Authority (8): Graeme Paterson, Simon Davies, Neville Betts, Mark Buttigieg, Colin Waring, Noel Mahon, Steve Magann and Susan May.
Candidates for all other positions were declared elected unopposed.
Last Thursday ETU Organiser Justin Page was elected President of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council – soon to change their name to Hunter Unions.
Justin, who has been an organiser with the ETU for almost five years came off the tools at one of Newcastle’s largest employers, Tomago Aluminium and knows only too well the challenges facing workers across the Hunter Valley.
Justin will work closely with the Newcastle Trades Hall Secretary Daniel Wallace who recently said that the rebranding of the regional Labour Council to Hunter Unions will better represent the charter of the organisation which is to represent all workers in the five lower hunter local government areas.
The ETU is proud to have Justin elected to the position of President and we know he will work hard to improve the lives of workers in the region.
Do you have a work-related heating problem? Here’s how to get an assessment and make a claim.
A specialist’s report that identifies hearing loss caused by exposure to workplace noise enables you to make a workers compensation claim against current and past employers, if you have lost at least 6 percent of your hearing.
ACT and NSW workers compensation (including Comcare) provide for your doctor to refer you to an accredited specialist. In NSW the specialist can send you to an approved hearing aid provider. Or you can contact the Union for a referral and assistance.
Under NSW or Comcare schemes, if you lodged a hearing claim pre-2012 with paid time off work, you are eligible for a replacement hearing aid through the insurer every five years. If insurers deny a claim, contact the ETU.
If the hearing claim did not involve paid time off work, or was made after 2012, then insurers are not liable to pay for hearing aids or services 12 months after the claim. The 2012 restrictions do not apply to ACT Comcare.
At the time of publishing, the NSW Government introduced changes to workers compensation that may alter the 2012 restrictions.
If you are older than the pension retirement age, you are not generally covered by workers compensation.
To claim a hearing aid:
Contact the old employer or insurer using the original claim number.
Wait for their response as you cannot do anything without it. Any further assessment must be done by a Workcover-approved hearing provider.
If your claim is denied, the union can refer you to NewLaw for review.
If you are over the pension retirement age, you can apply for a hearing aid through the Department of Health for hearing aids.
More info: www.hearingservices.gov.au/
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