Rail, Aviation and Transport

ETU members working for the federal government enterprise – Australian Rail Track Corporation – commenced industrial action last week after negotiations for a new agreement stalled following 18 months of back and forth.

The combined unions, made up of the ETU, RTBU, ASU and Professionals Australia, are seeking a three-year agreement with no loss of conditions, fair pay increases of 4% p.a. and improvement to some working conditions, but the company has other ideas.

Last December the company circulated an agreement that was not supported by the combined unions including pay increases of just 2%. This management agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by the workforce with more than 80% of workers voting NO.

With management refusing to budge ETU and other union members were left with no option but to take clear and decisive action.

“Our members have been staunch throughout this process and the ETU has lead the way in demanding a fair outcome for workers at ARTC.” Said ETU organiser Ben Lister.

“Industrial action taken by workers from the combined unions has resulted in the cancelation of rail services across the Hunter Valley, other parts of NSW and sections of Victoria – all because management is not prepared to listen to their workforce.”

“This whole situation could be solved by management today.”

“That’s why the combined unions have called on the CEO of ARTC to sit down with us and listen to the needs of the workforce.” Ben said

Following a week of action and major disruptions to passenger and freight services, including the lucrative coal haulage business, ARTC CEO John Fullerton has agreed to meet with unions in Newcastle tomorrow.

The ETU remains hopeful that this dispute can be resolved and we will continue to provide updates for members.

 

 

ETU members are invited to attend a public forum on the future of education covering TAFE and university. The forum will be held on Wednesday 15 June at the Campbelltown RSL, 1 Carberry Lane, Cambelltown at 7pm.

Please RSVP to: mstuart@actu.org.au

STOP ChAFTA Town Hall Debates

Posted on 08-10-2015

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.

GRAFTON

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 - susher@actu.org.au

Download the event flyer

HURSTVILLE

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 - mstuart@actu.org.au

Download the event flyer

CENTRAL COAST

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 - amoon@actu.org.au

Download the event flyer

PENRITH

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.

When: October 28, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
Where: Penrith Paceway - 141-147 Station St, Penrith
Contact: Mary Yaager - MYaager@unionsnsw.org.au or Aaron Reynolds - areynolds@actu.org.au

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QUEANBEYAN

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 - jeremykirkwood@unionsact.org.au

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BOMADERRY/NOWRA

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 - lkremmer@actu.org.au

The Abbott Government negotiated the terms of the China Free Trade Agreement in secret because it comes at the cost of local jobs, worker safety, workplace rights and community safety.

Next Monday we're rallying in Canberra to stop the China Free Trade Agreement and demand the Government renegotiate the deal in the interests of the community.

Use your lunch break to join the rally – more information in the attached flyer. RSVP here.

WHEN
August 10, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm

WHERE
Garema Place, Canberra
25 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia

The public is overwhelmingly against this deal and making our message heard is crucial to protecting local jobs. Invite your friends and colleagues. See you there.