General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Unions NSW Workers Comp Rally - Friday 4 November

Paul Lister - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Unions NSW will be holding a lunchtime Workers Compensation rally outside NSW Parliament on 4 November 2016 at 12:30pm

The rally coincides with public hearings for the first review of the 2012 workers compensation changes.

Unions NSW has made an extensive submission to the Law and Justice Committee painting a horrifying picture of the scale of the devastation wreaked by the changes to workers compensation: from suicides to soup kitchens and everything in between.

At the rally on 4 November 2016 we will be hearing from injured workers and highlighting the harsh impact of the 2012 changes on the injured workers of NSW and their families.

There will also be regional events:

Wollongong - 31 October 2016
Orange - 2 November 2016
Newcastle - 3 November; and
A date for an event in Lismore is being finalised.

By keeping the pressure on the Government about workers comp we have won significant changes including more than doubling the medical cap and reducing the threshold for lifetime cover among other changes. This rally is an important part of our plan to keep winning improvements to the scheme.

Sydney Event Details:
Outside NSW Parliament, Macquarie St Sydney
12:30pm on Friday 4 November 2016

Stop the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Paul Lister - Thursday, July 16, 2015

You may have heard that just a few weeks ago Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed off on the China Free Trade Agreement that will allow Chinese based companies to import their own labour.

Abbott's free trade agreement also removes the requirement for mandatory skills assessment for ten occupations including: Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class), Automotive Electrician. ALL OTHER occupations will be reviewed within two years with the aim of reducing or eliminating the need for skills assessments.

The ETU is fighting to STOP THE CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT by raising this as a public issue before two parliamentary committee's consider the issues. In order to come into effect these parliamentary committees must sign off on it.

TAKE ACTION TODAY - visit the Australian Unions website and email your MP

Free Online Asbestos Training Package

Paul Lister - Monday, June 16, 2014

With the support of WorkCover NSW, the ETU and other industry representatives, have developed a free asbestos eā€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

 

 

Member Information Nights

Paul Lister - 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

Paul Lister - 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.

97.7% Eastern Tree's members support agreement

Paul Lister - Friday, December 13, 2013

The 2013 Eastern Tree Services EBA has now been endorsed by members with an overwhelming majority of ‘Yes’ votes. After the votes were counted 97.7% of those that voted supported the agreement

The Agreement will now got to Fair Work Australia for approval and certification, this process will take approximatly a month. This finalises a process that began in early 2013.

The final agreed outcome is a 3 year deal that delivers,3% in the first year (already paid), 4% at July 1 2014 and 4% at July 1 2015, Income Protection/Top Up insurance, Clarity on Travel Arrangements and an ongoing commitment to Depot based employment.

The fact that the vote was almost unanimous around NSW indicates that it’s a good outcome.

A big thankyou the members and delegates that were involved in the negotiation and provided constructive ideas and comment, particularly those members that were part of the negotiating team.

Also thank you to ETU Organisers for their hard work and persistance including Geoff Prime, Mick Doust and Adam Wardrope.

Eastern Tree Servises EBA Offer

Paul Lister - Friday, November 08, 2013

Yesterday the Union met with Senior ETS management to progress the EBA discussions.

The outcome was an offer of a 3 year agreement with Annual increases of 3% x 4% x 4% compounding each year.

ETS also offered Income Protection for all employees.

This is an offer from the Company that needs to be endorsed by employees following production of a draft document by the Company which is then distributed to employees for a minimum of seven days before it can be voted on.

The ETU will consult with management re the voting process and venues for the vote. This will allow the Union to endeavour to get officials to the various locations in NSW for the vote.

This outcome has been negotiated over a protracted period of time and represents diligent work by your delegates. It is important to remember that more members will equal better outcomes.

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