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The Crown Casino: A thriving project comment

As one of Australia’s biggest commercial construction projects nears completion, the Union reflects on the positive experiences of both workers and companies when all parties come to the table willing to collaborate. Read More >

ETU Apprentice of the Year winner is Hannah Watts! comment

Hannah Watts has been crowned the 2020 ETU Apprentice of the Year, in an extraordinary line-up of all female finalists. The award was presented to Ms Watts last night at the ETU QLD & NT Branch by State Secretary, Peter Ong with a crowd of ETU members cheering her on. Read More >

RCEP agreement could harm workers comment

This month the Australian Government signed off on a massive secret trade deal that could tip the balance in favour of corporations and screw workers. Read More >

Asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think. comment

23-29 November was Asbestos Awareness Week, so we're encouraging our members to be more aware of asbestos when doing work, or even in your home.  If a house was built or renovated before 1990, there is a good chance it has some asbestos. Did you know it’s often found lagging around pipes, inside fuse boxes or as part of ventilation shafts?   Read More >

Reminder: Remediate your infinity cables before it's too late comment

Infinity cables imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd were recalled nationally in 2013 after they failed electrical safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. This could cause electric shock if the cabling is disturbed. Read More >

Congratulations to Noah Balta for his win in the 2020 AFL grand final! comment

Congratulations to all Richmond supporters, especially to ETU VIC Assistant Secretary, Ivan Balta, and his family. Ivan’s son Noah played a magnificent role in his first ever AFL grand final victory for the Tigers. Read More >

ETU fights for sick leave rights – appeals Qantas decision comment

When Qantas stood down 20,000 workers this year, it decided to not pay sick leave to those workers despite being in the middle of a pandemic. It argued that it didn’t have to, so therefore it wouldn’t. Read More >

One story for the workers, another for the stock exchange comment

The CEPU in South Australia is standing up for a fair enterprise agreement (EA) at SA Power networks (SAPN) and Enerven this year.   Read More >

Queenslanders urged to vote wisely on 31 October comment

The Queensland election on 31 October is a crucial vote for the state’s future with the elected government taking the reins for a fixed four-year term. Read More >

ETU knocks off baseline agreement! comment

Unions fought back this month against a dodgy labour hire agreement, winning an appeal to stop it at the Fair Work Commission (FWC). Read More >

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