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Union EBA delivers 10% pay rise and income protection for tree trimmers comment

Around 40 workers at vegetation control company Asplundh in NSW received an immediate $1.50 per hour pay rise this month after negotiating a union EBA. Read More >

TasNetworks contractor charged for assaulting union officials comment

Owner of A1 Trees, Leigh Winwood, attacked CEPU officials outside his company’s headquarters in Tasmania this month during an industrial dispute. Read More >

Interstate workers dodging quarantine could put lives and livelihoods at risk comment

The Electrical Trades Unions says that state governments are allowing ‘essential’ workers to travel between states without the mandatory 14-day quarantine or getting tested for COVID-19, potentially exposing workers around the country to the virus. Read More >

ETU welcomes apprentice funding package, but more is needed comment

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) cautiously welcomes the federal government’s $2B commitment to improve funding subsidies for 100,000 apprentice jobs and support a vocational training program but warns more is needed and faster. Read More >

Apprenticeships hammered by COVID-19 and government cuts comment

Apprenticeships hammered by COVID-19 and government cuts   The Electrical Trades Union is warning the economy will be hammered by a severe skills shortage if federal and state governments don’t take urgent action now to keep skilled trades apprentices employed and provide apprenticeship opportunities for young Australians.   Read More >

Winter Hoodies Giveaway comment

There's never been a more important time to join a union.  In a time of unprecedented economic disruption and industrial downturn, friends should not let friends go it alone without union membership.  But as if that wasn't reason enough, when you sign up a mate we're now saying thank you with a free, limited-edition ETU centenary hoodie. So what are you waiting for? Read More >

Pandemic can’t stop the ETU: hard work pays off with massive QLD EBA win comment

High union density and strong, uncompromising organising have delivered huge wins for workers at QGC Contractor Decmil.  SW QLD Organiser Dan McGaw shares the story of their success...  Read More >

Another win against labour hire in WA shipbuilding comment

The ETU has long been battling with dodgy labour hire practices in WA's shipbuilding industry, and last week hit a key milestone stamping out the last of this at BAE Systems. Industry Organiser Mark Mocerino shares the story of how this hard-fought victory was won... Read More >

WA Delivers for Crisis-Impacted Apprentices comment

Ash “Moose” Bamford, WA's Apprentice Organiser, shares the story of how the union has been looking out for apprentice members impacted by the crisis, tracking down secure work despite the failure of many employers to cooperate.   Read More >

Apprentice of the Year Applications EXTENDED TO MAY 31 comment

**NB: This year's application period has been extended to May 31st to give everyone time to apply**We are happy to announce that applications are now open for the ETU's annual award for an outstanding apprentice member. Apprentice of the Year recognises a member who embodies the union spirit in terms of leadership, achievement, and commitment to union values. Does this sound like you or somebody you know? If so, get working on your application!    Read More >

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