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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 >

China FTA an irreversibly reckless move

The Abbott Government has been accused of selling out the future of Australian workers in the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement, to be signed this afternoon. Read More >


The union representing communications and electrical workers has cautiously welcomed changes to NBN contracting arrangements announced today, but said that greater transparency around compliance, governance and oversight is still needed. Read More >

Asbestos victims robbed to fund building industry watchdog

Last night’s budget saw victims of asbestos-related diseases robbed to beef up the controversial Fair Work Building Commission Inspectorate, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

Federal Budget a ‘cocktail of delusion and cynical politics’

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget is a cocktail of delusion and cynical politics, as the Federal Government attempts vainly to reconcile outdated ideological aims with the strategic goal of re-election, according to the Electrical Trades Union.  Read More >

Locking unions out of VET reforms undoes 30 years of progress

Education Minister Christopher Pyne must step in and clean up his assistant Simon Birmingham’s mess before ill-conceived VET reforms can dent the nation’s productivity. Read More >

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 >

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