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Construction workers send message to Senate to reject draconian powers for building watchdog

Australian constructions workers have sent a clear message ahead of a vote by the Senate to extend the coercive powers of the Fair Work Building and Construction inspectorate. Read More >

We need more women in skilled trades

As Electrical Trades Union delegates join women from around the nation at the Women in Male-Dominated Occupations and Industries conference (WIMDOI), it is clear that our economy and society will suffer unless we encourage more women into skilled trades. Read More >

Government needs to ‘pull its finger out’ on RET

Thousands of Australian jobs in the renewable energy sector are at risk due to the ongoing failure of the Federal Government to adopt a reasonable renewable energy target, Electrical Trades Union national assistant secretary Dave Mier has warned. Read More >

Stronger measures needed to prevent workplace deaths

Stronger measures are urgently needed to prevent further deaths in Australian workplaces, the Electrical Trades Union has warned ahead of International Workers’ Memorial Day events today. Read More >

Queensland sparkies’ union celebrates centenary at 2015 May Day March in Brisbane

As workers around the world gather to mark International Workers’ Day on May 1, Electrical Trades Union national secretary Allen Hicks congratulated the Queensland branch of the union on their centenary. Read More >

Energy White Paper a missed opportunity to move toward’s national electricity tariffs for consumers

The Australian Government’s Energy White Paper, released today, has missed the opportunity to move toward’s nationally consistent electricity tariffs, retaining large inequalities in power costs for Australian consumers, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

Government urged to accept bipartisan deal on RET

Labor’s offer of a bipartisan target of 33,500 gigawatt hours of renewable energy production by 2020 is a vital step to end the current political impasse and save jobs, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

Martin Ferguson caught on a lie with claim his position on privatisation is the same as during his political career

Former Federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson has been caught lying to The Australian, after reportedly claiming that the position he held on privatisation was the same as what he had argued for throughout his political career. Read More >

Second Inspectors Order issued on high voltage (HV) switches

EnergySafety today issued a media release on additional safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. Read More >

Senate urged to reject workers’ comp bill as new research warns workers and small business will be disadvantaged

The Electrical Trades Union is urging crossbench senators to reject proposed workers’ compensation legislation, currently listed for debate this week, after new research warned the proposal would leave workers, small and medium businesses, and taxpayers worse off. Read More >

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