General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Rally against ChAFTA

- Friday, July 17, 2015

The ETU is supporting national rally's in all capital cities against Tony Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement that will see aussie workers worse off.

The China FTA allows Chinese companies investing more than A$150 million to import temporary workers without testing if local workers are available, and allows Chinese companies to sue our government for damages if changes to our laws have a negative impact on them.

A Parliamentary Committee is taking evidence about the China FTA over the next month. The ETU want to make your voice heard, by bringing our flags, banners and members together to send a message to the Australian Parliament that we do not support Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Rally outside the Sydney Committee hearing, Friday 31 July, 12 noon, meet outside NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney and bring a friend.

Stop the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

- 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

- 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



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

Coca Cola Call Centre Negotiations Commence

- Thursday, May 23, 2013

The union and the Company have agreed to commence negotiations on the NCC enterprise agreement which is set to expire at the end of September this year. You would no doubt be aware that the agreement forms the basis of your employment conditions and is therefore extremely important.

The first step in order to get negotiations underway will be the issuing of the “Notice of Representational Rights” (NRR) by the company to NCC employees at St Leonards and Smithfield.

The company is required by law to issue the NRR which provides workers with the opportunity to appoint a representative to negotiate agreement outcomes on their behalf. Union members are not required to take any action should you wish the union to represent you throughout the negotiations as the union will be appointed as the default bargaining agent for all union members.

It is the unions’ intention to expand the coverage of the agreement to also include NCC support functions such as workforce planning, quality, routes, projects and clerical given that these roles are clearly functions of the NCC and positions that often form part of the career path through the call centre.

The union will be seeking to hold meetings with members over the coming weeks in order to develop a log of claims on behalf of members. This is your opportunity to have a say on what you would like to see in any future enterprise agreement.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or ideas on what should be included in the next agreement please feel free to raise these matters with your workplace delegates – Andrew Webster (Level 2), Olga Larenas (Level 3) and Jan Bonham (night shift), alternatively you can contact Steve Robinson from the union on 0414 877 581.