Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Construction ‘essential’: sites stay open, safety paramount, ETU & NECA industry leadership

Peter Moss - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Construction/Contracting Member

 

Major Sydney construction sites are open and working after both the Federal and NSW Governments confirmed that construction is classified as an ‘essential’ industry.

 

The ETU is pursuing all options to ensure our members can work safely, and to protect your jobs and incomes.

 

We are working closely and cooperatively with NECA, the peak body representing electrical contractors, to provide industry leadership throughout the pandemic.

 

All union services continue to be available to members. All construction organisers are out working with and for members.

 

Our joint work with NECA helped convince governments that Sydney construction, including government-funded infrastructure projects, is an essential sector.

In a letter to the construction sector, the NSW Treasurer said the ‘infrastructure pipeline will continue to sustain tens of thousands of jobs over the coming months’.

But sustaining jobs and income must be balanced with the absolute need to protect members’ health and safety. That’s why the ETU has initiated measures including staggered start times, much more cleaning, and physical separation at work and during meals.

 

The union issued a warning to any builder or contractor who fails to adhere to the strict safety regime: fully protect your workers or we will report you and call for you to be shut down. 

 

The pandemic will require us to change aspects of the way we work. In our discussions with NECA, we are agreed that flexibility is required – equally, from employers and from workers.

 

Should any employer attempt to implement a stand down or redundancies, the ETU will ensure that members’ rights and entitlements are protected and delivered.

 

Attached with this email is a fact sheet covering key issues including redundancy rights, social security and superannuation. Please keep this for reference.

 

Should you need assistance or advice on any workplace issue, please contact your ETU organiser

Fred Barbin 0437 031 840

Antony Stegic 0414 877 943

Lawrie Duff 0400 749 008

Nick Bligh 0475 284 234

Steve Bankes 0414 877 553

Stewart Edward 0419 210 442.

 

For other inquiries, email the unionetunsw@etunsw.com.au

 

In unity

 

Justin Page

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT