General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Workers at a Newcastle coal terminal have endorsed ongoing industrial action after striking over what they say is a threat to their work rights. 
  
Over 200 employees of Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) attended a four-hour rally in Newcastle on Wednesday where they unanimously voted for a two-week campaign of protected action.
 
The action will include eight, 12 and 24 hour stoppages as well as bans on overtime and working outside classifications, the unions representing them said in a joint statement.
 
PWCS's current offer removes limits on the use of contractors and gives employees less say over work hours and shifts, The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), Transport Workers Union (TWU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) say.
 
Talks between the PWCS and unions will continue next week.
 
Comment was being sought from PWCS, which has previously said it was seeking productivity and flexibility trade-offs against significant pay increases for workers.
 
A MUA spokesman said his members couldn't understand why the relationship with PWCS had soured.
 
"We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years," he told AAP.
 
"We just don't understand why after 30 years of a good relationship they've decided to reduce conditions of employment."
 
A PWCS spokesman said the company had not received any immediate notification of pending action.
 
Wednesday's four-hour stop-work caused the company minimal disruption, he said.

The United Steel Workers in the USA have sent a letter of support to PWCS Workers.

The ETU now provides Journey Cover Insurance for all financial members in NSW and the ACT.

This means that you are covered by ETU insurance if you are injured or have an accident travelling to or from work.


The union introduced Journey Cover Insurance in February after savage cuts to workers compensation left members exposed.

Last year the O’Farrell Government abolished journey cover for most NSW workers.

That is why the ETU has stepped up. We must ensure our members are protected from potentially catastrophic health and financial damage. We are now one of just a few unions to offer journey cover to all financial members as an automatic right at no extra cost.

Any member injured while travelling to or from work after 11 February 2013 is now covered and the benefits are generous.

  • Eligible injured members will receive 100 percent of wages up to $2,000 per week for the period they are unable to work due to injury.
  • Cover is available starting 14 days after the accident or injury.

To make a claim contact the ETU. The union will give you a claim number. for further details about this new benefit visit our Industrial Support Pages.

Working In The Heat

Posted on 05-1-2013

ETU members should be aware of the dangers of working in heat. Please read this and follow the advice provided by the Union and Workcover NSW.
 
WorkCover NSW Hot and Cold Environments.
WorkCover NSW Working in Heat

Please read this ETU Notice to Members which includes advice from the union and the ETU's working in heat policy.