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Expensive and dangerous: Nuclear doesn’t stack up comment

Lifting the ban on nuclear power generation in NSW using unproven small-scale reactors will only push up power bills, damage the environment and compromise safety, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

SAPN workers fight against a 20% pay cut! comment

SA Power workers are fighting against a 20% pay cut for all new employees in the company.  This month they’ve taken industrial action to show the energy company that they’re serious about standing up for their rights. Read More >

Unions call for safer conditions in the lift industry comment

Recently, tragic deaths in the lift industry in Australia and abroad have highlighted the need for safer conditions for workers. Read More >

Western Power workers fight for fair compensation in extreme conditions comment

Since August last year, workers at Western Power in WA have been negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) to improve staffing on regional depots and receive fair compensation for working in extreme weather conditions and working through their unpaid lunch breaks. Read More >

Australia’s electricity infrastructure undermined by $1 billion per year underinvestment comment

The resilience of Australia’s electricity infrastructure is being undermined by a chronic pattern of underinvestment in maintenance and upkeep, the result of rent-seeking by private electricity producers and a deeply flawed regulatory system. Read More >

TES workers win right to bargain Enterprise Agreement for the first time comment

TES Electrical workers who are tired of poor wages and conditions are taking action and uniting for the first time. Read More >

Increase availability of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide! comment

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines for some countries is further entrenching global inequality and threatening millions more lives. Read More >

Are you being underpaid during your apprenticeship? comment

ETU organisers regularly hear stories about apprentices being underpaid, ripped off and exploited. As an industry, and as a union, we need to work together to ensure that apprentices are protected and being paid what they’re owed. Read More >

Schindler’s lift workers fight hard for a victory in Norway comment

Last week at the National Lift Industry Conference in Hobart, ETU and CEPU delegates heard from Markus Hansen, the President of the Norwegian Elevator Constructors Union, about a union-busting attempt by the largest elevator company in Norway, Schindler. Read More >


The Morrison Government has paved the way for wage theft and further casualisation of the workforce in a gutted version of their IR Omnibus Bill that passed through the Senate this month. However, the efforts of unions and Australian workers helped stop some of the worst parts of this bill from going through.  Read More >

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