Latest ETU News
- Infinity Cable Alert
This alert is to inform ETU Members of a
prohibition notice issued to prevent sale and installation of commonly
used electrical building cables imported and supplied by Infinity Cable
Co. Pty Ltd. At this time, the only known supplier in Queensland is
Masters Home Improvement stores. Read more here
Electrician killed whilst restoring power in the wake of typoon Haiyan
ETU Members this is a call out for donations to help the community in the Philippines in their time of need. The short story below is about about an electricity worker who was killed in the line of duty which was published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read more here
ETU rejects "social privatisation" call: Asset sales bad for consumers, workers and government
Electrical union leaders across the country have rejected outright calls by Australian Workers Union secretary Paul Howes for unions to embrace asset sales, saying past experience proves the move would be bad for consumers, workers and governments. Read more here
A letter to ETU members from our divisional secretary Allen Hicks: How will this election impact you?
This Saturday, September 7, ETU members face a
stark choice that will have a profound impact on all of our
workplaces, families, and communities.
Talking to members around the country, I have heard many of you complain that
you are disillusioned with Australian politics. Whether it’s the negative
attacks, the meaningless slogans, or simply the noise of the election campaign,
many people have shut off from the Federal Election.
But this election is extremely important for all of us. At its core we all have
a choice to use our vote to protect workers rights, or to allow a shift
that will give big business even more power.
Our union has a proud history, and through the tireless
efforts of thousands of members around the country we have been able to
deliver decent wages and conditions, safer workplaces, and vital increases to
superannuation to provide a dignified retirement. All this is at risk if
Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister this weekend.
Mr Abbott’s has made it clear that if elected, a Coalition government will
follow the agenda of big business, rather than the interests of working
Before voting on Saturday, it is vital to remind ourselves, other ETU members,
our families and our mates, exactly what Tony Abbott has promised to do if
he becomes Prime Minister:
• Restore the WorkChoices-era
Australian Building Construction Commission (ABCC), stripping workers of basic
• Address skills shortages
with the use of temporary overseas labour, rather than training local young
• Postpone the scheduled
increases to superannuation that will take super from 9% to 12% for all
• Sack 12,000 public
servants, directly impacting on the quality of public services;
• Restrict your union from
entering your workplace to provide assistance;
• Deliver a third-world NBN,
which will cost the economy far more in the long run; and
• Establish an inquiry into
registered organisations aimed at destroying trade unions.
promises are just a handful of Tony Abbott’s policies that will directly attack
working people and their families. The only group that will benefit from
them are Mr Abbott’s supporters in big business.
If you do not want to see a return to the dark days of the Howard Government’s
WorkChoices system, where penalty rates and other conditions were attacked
through the use of individual contracts, then I strongly urge you to carefully
consider who you vote for on Saturday.
Our country deserves a government that values workers’ rights and that will
invest in the jobs and industries of the future.
That is why I am urging all ETU members and their families to put Tony Abbott
and the Liberal National Party candidates last in the House of
Representatives and last in the Senate.
A vote for an Abbott led Coalition Government is a vote against the workplace
relations system which protects your pay and conditions.
Australian tradies to benefit from Kevin Rudd’s plan to boost local opportunities from major projects
The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed a pledge from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that all major projects worth more than $300 million will require an Australian Industry Participation Plan, providing greater opportunities for local businesses and workers. Read more here
Rudd backs safety concerns of key industry groups: Abbott urged to also put safety above politics
A coalition of unions, employer groups and skills organisations have welcomed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's rejection of a proposal for a national electrical licensing system that would lower standards, reduce workplace safety and put consumers at risk. Read more here
Massive win for Australian Apprentices
Unions have celebrated substantial increases to apprentice
wages as a major win in their campaign to modernise the apprentice system and
make trade training more accessible. Read more here
Electrical Trades Union
The Queensland Government has released plans to have the private sector run remote generators that service bush communities. Selling of small chunks, outsourcing routine maintenance - this is privatisation by stealth. Read more here
Union tells NBN asbestos meeting of need for independent safety compliance program
Unions have told a national crises meeting in Canberra that the systemic failures with asbestos safety on National Broadband Network projects can only be resolved through an independent organisation carrying out the inspections and audits of work around the country. Read more here
Training and enforcement of safety regulations needed to address NBN asbestos dangers
The Electrical Trades Union believes the employment of safety auditors, improvement of training programs and an end to pyramid subcontracting on National Broadband Network projects are essential to ensure asbestos risks are appropriately dealt with going forward. Please read more here
Safety regulator to be grilled over asbestos risk
The Federal Opposition says the Government is putting Tasmanian contractors working on the national broadband rollout at unnecessary risk of asbestos exposure. Read more here
Hobart community at risk from continued failure to address asbestos safety on NBN rollout.
Two weeks after receiving a report highlighting extensive asbestos safety breaches in the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Hobart, neither NBN Co nor major contractor Visionstream have acted on major workplace and community safety risks identified. Read more here
Flow on effect of Ford plant closures will decimate local manufacturing communities.
- The Electrical Trades Union has warned that unless the impacts of Ford's announced closures of its Geelong engine plant and Broadmeadows car assembly line in October 2016 are properly managed the flow on effects could decimate local communities that rely on the car manufacturing industry. Read more here.
Crackdown on unsupervised apprentice electricians
- The ACT's work safety authority has announced that it's cracking down on bosses not providing proper supervision for apprentices. The ETU applauds this long overdue step - this problem is rife throughout the country and other states and territories must follow this example. Read more here.
Federal Budget must focus on jobs and investment in Australia's future.
"The Electrical Trades Union joins the Australian union movement in calling for tonight's Budget to deliver on jobs and infrastructure investment. See the ACTU's statement here
Union raises NBN asbestos fears
"The NBN is a great opportunity for our nation and will place us at the forefront of the 21st Century, but it can't be built at the expense of workers' lives. Recent discoveries of asbestos pits during the build phase are unacceptable. The NBN should be built, but not at a risk to workers' lives. Read the full story here
Want to know what to expect from privatised electricity
Just look to America. The investment bank, JP Morgan, is being investigated for massive rorting of the energy markets. Senior executives lying under oaths but still raking in massive salaries, millions of taxpayers' dollars spent by the Government in the investigating and prosecuting, millions of customers ripped off - now that's what I call market efficiency. Read the full story here
John Keogh, the Monument of Gove, passed away last week. John had devoted his life to the betterment of his family, his community, his union and his comrades. Read the piece by his son, Kris at this link
Queenslanders claim a small victory against the state government's plan to sell major public assets.
Whether it full blown privatisation, like under Kennett, or privatisation by stealth - State Coalition governments are continuing to attack and undermine the public infrastructure that supports us all. The Queensland government has today confirmed that they will continue to massively outsource work that has been and should be done by the State Government itself. Simply despicable.Read more here
Workers Memorial Day 2013: a time to mourn the dead and fight for the living
A new national memorial to Australians who have died at or because of work will be a lasting reminder of the ongoing battle to make our workplaces safer. Read more here
Unions react to WorkCover office closures
State governments continue to slash job and shut services without caring for the consequences. Now the Queensland government is closing regional WorkCover offices - making it harder for working people to get the assistance they are entitled to and the help they need. Read more here