ETU National News

UPDATE: Joint Union Statement - Qantas CEO

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Joint Union Statement - Qantas CEO

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Following the decision last week by Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO to sack 5,000 workers, the ACTU and your union called a crisis meeting to find out why they are pursuing a strategy of savage job cuts.  Read more here  
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A Message from the National Secretary

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An urgent message to all ETU Members from Allen Hicks, the National Secretary can be viewed here.  
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FirstEnergy Locks Out Utility Workers in US

Friday, November 29, 2013

Three days before the US 'Thanks Giving' holiday – one of the largest electric power corporations in the US, First Energy has locked out 150 members of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA).  
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Australian tradies to benefit from Kevin Rudd’s plan to boost local opportunities from major projects

Monday, September 02, 2013

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NSW ETU continues to campaign against electricity privitisation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The NSW Branch of the ETU has been campaigning hard against electricity privatisation. NSW secretary Steve Butler has been meeting with NSW councils to discuss the impact that electricity privatisation will have on local jobs and electricity prices.

Coverage of these meetings on Prime7 can be watched at the links below:

You can also read about Steve Butler and Paul Lister's meeting with Tamworth Mayor Col Murray here:

The NSW ETU remains rightly concerned that Premier O'Farrell might sell off the 'poles and wires' of the state's transmission and distribution networks. 

Let's not forget, the NSW Government has already been engaged in a fire sale of quality state assets. Macquarie Generation is the latest in a very long list of privatisations, including Newcastle Port, Port Botany, Port Kembla, the Sydney desalination plant, Sydney Ferries and many smaller asset sales. 

NSW shouldn't be swapping ongoing revenue streams for one-off payments, particularly given the ongoing commitments made by the NSW Government to both the NDIS and Gonski reforms.

We've already seen Premier O'Farrell sell off Delta Energy - a company which delivers around $50 million in dividends to the State Government each year - for a fire sale price of just $160 million. 

It hardly seems worth it. At a time when the focus is on the structural sustainability of state budgets, why would the NSW Government worsen it's position by giving up its stable revenue streams?

It's bad for the budget, bad for electricity prices, and bad for employment in regional areas, many of which are suffering from unemployment rates higher than the state average. 

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Unions Claim Qantas Aircraft Maintenance Decision Threatens National Security and Demands Government Intervention!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Unions have slammed the announcement today by Qantas to sack hundreds of engineering workers saying that the decision will decimate Australia’s aircraft maintenance and engineering capacity and threaten the nation’s security. 
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Media Release August 11, 2011 - Bank Chief Wrong on NBN

Monday, August 15, 2011

National NBN Coordinator, Allen Hicks, has hit back at criticism of the crucial nation building infrastructure by outgoing Commonwealth Bank chief, Ralph Norris. 
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