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End the lethal workplace comment

Every year about 200 Australians go to work and don’t come home. It's time for bosses who neglect safety to be held properly accountable by industrial manslaughter laws, writes ETU national secretary Allen Hicks in this piece published in the Daily Telegraph on April 29, 2016.   Read More >


The Electrical Trades Union has secured victory in its efforts to recover wages withheld from workers at a Darwin gas project by contracting company Kentz Australia after the full bench of the Fair Work Commission failed to find that that Kentz had the right to direct their workers to take unpaid rest and recreation leave during their notice period. Read More >

Shipbuilders celebrate campaign victory, but Turnbull must keep his word

Shipbuilding workers across the country can breathe easier after a Federal Government announcement on submarines all but guarantees a generation of shipbuilding jobs. The announcement today of an Australian submarine build in partnership with French company DCNS follows a concerted worker-led campaign and a long period of uncertainty in the industry. Read More >

Labor apprentice moves a step in the right direction

Thursday 16 June, 2016 The union representing electricians has welcomed the news that a Labor government will restore the axed Tools for your Trade program to support apprentices as “a step in the right direction”. Read More >

Legal precedent opens door to recovery of millions in unpaid wages for terminated FIFO workers

Unions will look to pursue major resource companies for millions of dollars in unpaid termination payments following a precedent-setting victory in the Fair Work Commission. Read More >


On Friday the Electrical Trades Union will file an action in the Fair Work Commission seeking redress for fly-in fly-out workers who have been deprived of pay during their notice period after being retrenched. Read More >

ChAFTA protections ‘better than nothing, but only just’

Worker protections negotiated into legislation associated with the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement are inadequate, according to a union that spearheaded the campaign against the agreement. Read More >

New report finds serious flaws in ChAFTA

Australian Government authorities will be highly unlikely to detect exploitation of vulnerable migrant workers under its current plans for a Free Trade Agreement with China due to serious flaws in the proposed agreement, a new report has shown. Read More >

Big miners’ ChAFTA words ring hollow

A leading union secretary has hit back at two mining executives quoted in this morning’s Australian newspaper on the Turnbull government’s trade deal with China. Read More >

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