ETU National News

MEDIA RELEASE: Concerns over reduced work safety standards as Abbott Government removes 457 visa safeguards

Friday, March 21, 2014

Licensed electricians fear workplace safety standards will be compromised by the watering down of 457 visa requirements, allowing an influx of international workers without proper monitoring and assessment.

The Electrical Trades Union said licensed tradesmen fear the risks associated with workers who have not been appropriately trained and licensed to Australian standards, which may result in actions that put themselves or others at risk. Read more here 
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UPDATE: Joint Union Statement - Qantas CEO

Monday, March 10, 2014

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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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iPad 2 Winner from the Stand Up for Apprentices Survey

Monday, October 08, 2012

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Overseas Migration Issues – The Facts!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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ACTU Congress sparks renewed vigour from unions to campaign for the rights at work and a fairer Australia!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Fight for Apprentices who Live on the Basic Wage

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Yesterday we stepped up our campaign for a 20 per cent wage rise for its lowest-paid workers. First-year electrician apprentices earn just $7.22 an hour over a 38- to 40-hour week, according to the award, equivalent to 40 per cent of a qualified electrician's wage.  
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ACTU seeks pay increases for Australia’s lowest paid workers

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

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National Campaign to Boost Apprentice Wages

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

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Better wages the key to attracting and retaining apprentices

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

There has been a significant drop in the number of apprenticeships with a shocking 50% dropping out.  One of the main reasons is that the wages are so low that young people earn more money working at Bunnings or in unskilled, highly paid jobs in the mines.   
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