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A Valentine's Day Message from Western Australians

Some affairs are truly special. True love brings light where there was darkness, and keeps us warm no matter how cold the night is. Read More >

Coalition’s RET squabble a job-killer: Union comment

The internal bickering between coalition factions over the future of Australia’s renewable energy target (RET) has the capacity for disastrous ramifications if the anti-renewables argument triumphs, the union representing Australia’s energy sector has warned.   Read More >

US report shows government RET thinking flawed: Union

A new and wide-ranging report prepared by the US government in to the efficacy of renewable energy programs and targets contains valuable lessons and guidance for Australia, according to the union representing electrical and energy workers.  Read More >

Female Reps Enshrined in Rules comment

The Electrical Trades Union has voted in favour of setting quotas for women in governance and oversight positions at its federal and state levels. Read More >

Labor apprentice moves a step in the right direction

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 >

ETU Welcomes Shorten’s Pledge on Apprentices comment

TUESDAY, JUNE 7 2016 The Electrical Trades Union has welcomed Labor’s commitment to implementing a 1:10 apprentice ratio on Government funded jobs to drive the economy. Read More >

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 >

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