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Contracting Conference Condemns Casual Labour Crisis comment

At the National Contracting Conference in Adelaide last week, members from around the country came together to talk all things related to the contracting industry—and to call time up on Australia's casualisation crisis.  Read More >

ETU Take the Lead on COVID-19 Workplace Safety comment

Despite stark warnings flooding in from overseas, many Australians—our leaders amongst them—appear to have been caught off-guard and ill-prepared by the fallout from COVID-19. But back when Scott Morrison was still proudly heading to the football and the WHO hadn’t yet declared a pandemic, electrical workers on a core Brisbane construction project were taking the initiative to get workplace measures into place before they became needed. Read More >

ETU Issues Warning: Stay Safe on COVID-19, or Face Closure comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Wednesday 25 March, 2020  Read More >

Q&A on Economic Stimulus comment

Below is a guide to some of the most frequently asked questions about the various Government's COVID-19 stimulus responses and how it will affect our members. You can also access this resource as a PDF. It’s important to point out that the Government is making daily announcements, often with limited details, and continually update their announcements—making it very difficult to keep information up to date. As much care as possible has been taken in checking the accuracy of this Q&A and it will be updated as further Government announcements/details come to light. Please check back regularly. In regard to the Wage Subsidy announcement on 30 March 2020 (referred to as “JobKeeper Payments"): there is limited detail on this program and the Government has not even drafted the legislation yet. The ETU will be fighting hard to make sure this program will support all workers, particularly apprentice, casual and labour hire workers. If you have specific questions about your situation or your workplace rights, please contact your local ETU branch for advice. The ACTU also has resources and fact sheets available, including on JobKeeper payments, temporary early access to superannuation, and workers' compensation for those exposed to risks or confirmed cases in the workplace. Read More >

Public spending must show public benefit comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Friday 20 March, 2020  Read More >

Urgent support needed for impacted workers comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Monday 16 March, 2020  Read More >

Stimulus should go straight to apprentices, says ETU comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Thursday 12 March, 2020  Read More >

Emissions targets without labour standards hurt workers, says electrical union comment

MEDIA RELEASE: Friday 21 February, 2020 Read More >

New EBAs Secured in Sydney Contracting & Construction comment

NSW & ACT kick off the year with further success for their "It's Time" campaign Read More >

First Companies Sign On to Queensland's New Contracting EBA comment

QLD ETU secures the first signatories for the new Agreement, covering 2020-2023 Read More >

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