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Are you being underpaid during your apprenticeship? comment

ETU organisers regularly hear stories about apprentices being underpaid, ripped off and exploited. As an industry, and as a union, we need to work together to ensure that apprentices are protected and being paid what they’re owed. Read More >

Schindler’s lift workers fight hard for a victory in Norway comment

Last week at the National Lift Industry Conference in Hobart, ETU and CEPU delegates heard from Markus Hansen, the President of the Norwegian Elevator Constructors Union, about a union-busting attempt by the largest elevator company in Norway, Schindler. Read More >


The Morrison Government has paved the way for wage theft and further casualisation of the workforce in a gutted version of their IR Omnibus Bill that passed through the Senate this month. However, the efforts of unions and Australian workers helped stop some of the worst parts of this bill from going through.  Read More >

ETU Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination

Following consideration of all the medical, health and vaccine advice available, the ETU strongly encourages all members to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination program where they are able to. Read More >

Aussie jobs targeted under cover of COVID comment

The Electrical Trades Union has slammed a Federal Government report it says will destroy Australian jobs by using COVID-19 as a cover to open the floodgates on skilled migration. Read More >

Fukushima nuclear disaster 10th anniversary: Global crisis has clear local lessons comment

“On the anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown, our thoughts are with the workers and local communities who were exposed to toxic radiation from the nuclear disaster,” said Allen Hicks, National Secretary, Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU). Read More >

MEDIA RELEASE: Demerger Disgrace comment

The Electrical Trades Union's Divisional Executive condemns Tony Maher's deal with Christian Porter that sets working Australians and unions back decades. Read More >

Cbus fighting for members comment

The government wants to change superannuation so that workers will be stapled to their first fund. This could leave building and construction workers new to the industry stuck in a fund that won’t cover them if tragedy strikes. Read More >

ETU defends apprentice’s pay and contract! comment

The ETU National legal team stood up for an apprentice this month whose employer tried to vary the terms of her contract of employment and lower her rates of pay. Read More >

An update on Automatic Mutual Recognition of Licensing comment

This month, we asked our members on social media to have their say about the government’s proposed Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme ahead of its planned implementation in July 2021. Read More >

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