Latest ETU News

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Government urged to reject 457 visa review recommendations that would lead to cuts to skills training, wages, and language skills

The Federal Government has been urged to reject key recommendations of the independent panel reviewing the 457 visa program, released today, amid fears they will reduce investment in skills training, wages, lower English language requirements and abolish labour market testing. Read more here

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Young Australians abandoned by the Federal Government as temporary skilled migration chosen over local training 

The Federal Government has put up the white flag on youth unemployment, choosing to increase Australia’s reliance on temporary skilled workers rather than training local young people, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read more here


As part of National Skills Week, MP Sharon Bird today launched Labor’s apprenticeship survey which give the community an opportunity to provide direct feedback on the way government can help apprentices. Read more here

  • ACTU MEDIA RELEASE: Abbott Government to create underclass of workers

In an absolute blatant attack on Australian workers the Abbott Government is set to make it easier and cheaper for Australian employers to utilise overseas skilled migrants. All this at a time when we have record unemployment levels. Abbott you and your Government are an absolute disgrace. Read the latest ACTU Media Release here

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Abbott Government’s Building Industry Code bans on minimum apprentice numbers will lead to skills shortages

The Federal Government’s push to impose regulations on the building industry that prevent employers and employees negotiating on a range of policies, including minimum apprentice numbers, will lead to future skills shortages. Read more here

  • ACTU MEDIA RELEASE: Aussie Workers left in the cold by appalling lack of 457 scrutiny: Unions call for Senate Inquiry

Resource, health and service sector unions are united in calling for a Senate Inquiry into the 457 visa scheme following allegations of widespread rorting. Read more here

    The finalised Financial Reports of the Electrical Division (ETU) are available via the Members Only Section.  For more details click to the log in prompt and go to "Electrical Division Financial Reports"

  • ETU Divisional Executive Elections

    Elections for the positions of Divisional President, Divisional Vice President and Branch Members of the Divisional Executive were held and finalised at the recent Divisional Conference. Congratulations to our new Divisional President, WA Branch Secretary, Les McLaughlan  Read here for more details

  •  MEDIA RELEASE - Wednesday 30th July 2014

    The ETU Divisional Council has publicly condemned Israel’s current actions in Gaza. To read more

  • MEDIA RELEASE - Tuesday 15th July 2014

The Productivity Commission’s report into Public Infrastructure has failed to grasp the unique features of the energy industry that make it vastly different to other infrastructure types such as roads, public transport and ports, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read more here
  • Hon Sharon Bird MP - MEDIA RELEASE 15th July 2014

    Labor’s amendment ensures that parents and guardians of school based apprentices aged under 18 are informed if their child chooses to apply for a Trade Support Loan and enter into a debt arrangement with the government. Read more here
  • Hon Sharon Bird MP - MEDIA RELEASE 30th June 2014

    The Prime Minister appears to have misled apprentices by claiming they would be able to access Trade Support Loans from 1st July, despite legislation not even passing the Parliament. Read more here
  • BUST the BUDGET RALLY – Sunday 6th July @ 1pm outside Sydney Town Hall

    This is a call out to all members, your families and friends to come along and help raise the profile of Stop the Sell Off campaign. Read more here

  • MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday 5th June 2014

    Minister urged to assist workers impacted by PSG collapse: Call for law change to protect future workers’ entitlements. Read more here
  • Black out at Ai Group national dinner

    We didn't do it! See more here
  • Spread the word - share these ads!

    The fight back starts now with new ads that spell out the damage that Tony Abbott is doing to the Australian way of life. You can help make sure that this message gets out. Read more here
  • Save Asbestos Safety - sign the petition now!

    The National Commission of Audit recommends that the independent Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency be abolished as a budget saving measure.
Members please sign the petition today to help save asbestos safety and share with your family and friends. Australia’s safety is at risk. Read more here
  • Sign the petition to release Sharokh Zamani

A call out to all our members, family and friends to please sign the petition to release Sharokh Zamani immediately as he is held a prisoner for his peaceful trade union activities. Read more here
  • MEDIA RELEASE - 7th May 2014

Millions of Australians will be left behind as Turnbull plays political blame game instead of delivering NBN. Read more here
  • ACTU MEDIA RELEASE: Latest attacks on workers are costly

    Changes to the Fair Work Act proposed by the Abbott Government will saddle workers with unfair individual contracts, potential cut pays and diminish work place rights. Read more here
  • May Day worker's of the world unite!

ETU members you are invited to join the 2014 May Day March this Sunday 4th May in your state. Read more here

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New National Occupational Licensing System

From 2012 a new national licensing system will be in place. The ETU National Secretary, Allen Hicks represents members interests on the main Government national licensing committee to ensure training standards are maintained by the new system.

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Rights on Site is a campaign for the 900,000 construction workers across Australia who do not have the same rights in their workplace as all other Australian workers.

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