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Workers vindicated in Bechtel court action

Workers employed by US construction giant Bechtel in Gladstone, Queensland have had their leave cancellations on the day of a rally against the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement reversed as the result of court action taken by the Electrical Trades Union today. Read More >

Union warns Australian workers to “hang on to your wallets” following Productivity Commission report

The release of the draft Productivity Commission report today represents the beginning of a renewed attack on the working conditions of all Australians, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

Thousands rally in Brisbane against ChAFTA

Unions and members of the public have rallied outside the Joint Community on Treaties hearing in Brisbane today, calling for anti-worker elements of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to be removed. Read More >

ETU leadership team returned unopposed

The Electrical Trades Union has continued its run of strong national leadership, with the incumbent team of national secretary Allen Hicks and assistant national secretary David Mier being returned unopposed at the recent quadrennial elections. Read More >

Axing of vocational education and skills ministry reveals hollowness of Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” mantra

Malcolm Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” slogan has been exposed just weeks after the Federal Election, with the Prime Minister using his first cabinet reshuffle to axe the vocational education and skills portfolio. Read More >

Union welcomes backbencher’s honesty on ChAFTA

Government backbencher Andrew Laming has spilled the beans on the China Free Trade deal live on radio.   Read More >

Union welcomes leadership on steel

Thursday 16 June, 2016 A union representing more than 70,000 people working in high-skill blue-collar trades has welcomed the news that a Labor government will invest in Australian steel.   Read More >

Lives put at risk by free trade side deal that axes skills testing requirement for Chinese electricians

An agreement to immediately remove current requirements for Chinese electricians to undergo a skills assessment before being approved for a work visa — reached a fortnight ago by Trade Minister Andrew Robb — is reckless, dangerous, and will lead to lives being lost, the sparkies’ union has warned. Read More >

Super changes senseless, ideological: union

The Abbott government’s proposal to appoint additional external directors to industry super funds is an unnecessary ideological attack on the retirement savings of working Australians, a senior union leader has warned.  Read More >

Abbott reveals plan to cut TAFE funding to zero on National TAFE Day

The Abbott government has added insult to serious injury with its plan to de-fund TAFE entirely around the country by releasing the plan on National TAFE Day. Read More >

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