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Q&A on Economic Stimulus comment

Below is a guide to some of the most frequently asked questions about the various Government's COVID-19 stimulus responses and how it will affect our members. You can also access this resource as a PDF. It’s important to point out that the Government is making daily announcements, often with limited details, and continually update their announcements—making it very difficult to keep information up to date. As much care as possible has been taken in checking the accuracy of this Q&A and it will be updated as further Government announcements/details come to light. Please check back regularly. In regard to the Wage Subsidy announcement on 30 March 2020 (referred to as “JobKeeper Payments"): there is limited detail on this program and the Government has not even drafted the legislation yet. The ETU will be fighting hard to make sure this program will support all workers, particularly apprentice, casual and labour hire workers. If you have specific questions about your situation or your workplace rights, please contact your local ETU branch for advice. The ACTU also has resources and fact sheets available, including on JobKeeper payments, temporary early access to superannuation, and workers' compensation for those exposed to risks or confirmed cases in the workplace. Read More >

Public spending must show public benefit comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Friday 20 March, 2020  Read More >

Urgent support needed for impacted workers comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Monday 16 March, 2020  Read More >

Stimulus should go straight to apprentices, says ETU comment

MEDIA RELEASE:  Thursday 12 March, 2020  Read More >

Emissions targets without labour standards hurt workers, says electrical union comment

MEDIA RELEASE: Friday 21 February, 2020 Read More >

New EBAs Secured in Sydney Contracting & Construction comment

NSW & ACT kick off the year with further success for their "It's Time" campaign Read More >

First Companies Sign On to Queensland's New Contracting EBA comment

QLD ETU secures the first signatories for the new Agreement, covering 2020-2023 Read More >

Kangaroo Island Bushfire Recovery comment

SAPN members dig deep to get devastated KI’s lights back on Read More >

A Safety Reminder for Members comment

In 2017, the life of Brisbane handyman Stephen Viner was cut tragically short when he entered a flooded basement to check on malfunctioning pumps.  When a Coroner's report found his death was caused by improperly decommissioned electrical equipment, Stephen's daughter-in-law reached out to share his story — hoping it could serve as a warning, and protect others working with electricity from the fate that befell Stephen.  -- Read More >

ETU Launches Bushfire Relief Fund comment

The Union has launched a special relief & recovery fund for fire-affected members Read More >

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