Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

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

COVID-19 Redundancy & Rights Fact Sheet

Peter Moss - Thursday, March 26, 2020

FIP members: VOTE NO to company’s non-union EBA, VOTE YES to protected action

Peter Moss - Thursday, January 23, 2020

FIP Electrical Workers:

 

VOTE YES in Protected Action Ballot! 

 

VOTE NO to sub-standard non-union EBA!

 

Don’t let the company undercut your wages and conditions – make sure you vote in two vital ballots over the next week!

 

1. VOTE YES TO ENDORSE PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Ballot papers have been mailed to your home. Please vote immediately and VOTE YES TO ALL ACTIONS. A high YES vote will tell the company we are serious and determined to get an EBA that meets industry standards.

 

2. VOTE NO TO THE COMPANY’S SUB-STANDARD NON-UNION AGREEMENT: This was emailed to you by management on 20 January with electronic voting scheduled for Saturday 1 February. This proposed EBA IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE UNION. It is an inferior agreement that could cost new employees up to $2,000 over six months.

 

The ETU has been negotiating with FIP for well over 12 months seeking significant improvement to members’ wages and conditions. At least 15 other contractors have signed up to union EBAs in that time, including FIP’s major competitors, setting a new industry standard.

 

You deserve the same rights & conditions as workers on union EBAs 

 

The 15 union EBA companies are:

1. Star
2. Heyday
3. Fredon
4. Stowe
5. Goldline
6. Utech Sydney
7. SDF
8. ABI Services
9. Perigon
10. Nilsen
11. Grid
12. NCI
13. Dynamite
14. RSGX
15. NxGen

 

Plus City Electrical votes on union EBA 31 January

 

But FIP refuses to listen to or respect the company’s hard-working highly-skilled employees. Instead management is trying to ram through a document that would leave FIP employees worse off compared to workers employed by other Tier 1 electrical contractors.

 

FIP’s non-union EBA fails to meet industry standards, leaves workers exposed

 

The FIP document fails to meet industry standards in many areas:

• Company can sub-contract electrical work including cable tray, ladder and ducting installation without consultation
• Company can force workers to supply thumbprints for identification
• New or rehired workers will be denied MERT redundancy payments for up to six months, leaving them up to $2,000 out of pocket
• New or rehired workers will not be covered by ‘top-up’ income protection insurance for up to six months
• Delegate rights watered down
• No financial support for industry drug and alcohol programsand 
• Weaker protections against stand downs during inclement weather.

 

I urge all ETU members to VOTE YES in the Protected Action Ballot mailed to your home.

 

VOTE NO to the company’s sub-standard EBA that could cost some workers up to $2,000.

 

Let’s stick together until we win the industry standard wages and conditions we deserve.

 

In unity

 

Justin Page,

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT

 

Fred Barbin, construction organiser

fredb@etunsw.com.au 0437 031 840

 

 

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SCHINDLER WORKERS SECURE 17% PAY RISE & SITE ALLOWANCE

Peter Moss - Monday, July 15, 2019
Schindler lift workers won a 17% pay rise and site allowance in their new enterprise agreement.

This equates to more than 5% per year over the life of the 40-month union EBA.

The agreement was voted up overwhelmingly by ETU and AMWU members at a mass meeting today.


Site allowance, ranging between $2 and $7 per hour based on project tenders, will be paid from July 2021 to lift installers in construction. A new allowance for service technicians will be introduced.

Six existing allowances jump by 17% in line with wages.

ETU organiser Steve Bankes welcomed the outcome, which came after months of negotiation.

‘This is a great result that puts good pay rises in members’ pockets, all achieved without industrial action.

‘Our delegates and committee members worked hard on this campaign. Congratulations to ETU members for sticking together throughout,’ said Steve.

Star EBA Update: Undertakings in Fair Work Commission

Peter Moss - Monday, March 04, 2019

4 March 2019

Dear Star ETU member

Today, the ETU and Star have agreed to undertakings which will allow negotiations for a single enterprise agreement to progress.

This is a positive step that opens a pathway towards a union EBA at Star, however today’s outcome is just the beginning. We now enter an intense 10-week negotiation period that will require maximum unity and commitment from all ETU members at Star.

Please note, the company and the Union have yet to reach agreement on a significant number of fundamental claims.

Our delegates and members have stood strong to get us this far. We need to build on that good work to achieve our goal of improved wages, conditions, safety and apprentice rights.

Today Star agreed in the Commission not to pursue a Multi-Enterprise Agreement for the next 10 weeks (up to 13 May). The company committed to bargain with the ETU for a single enterprise agreement during this period.

In return, the Union agreed to adjourn all action against Star and its managers for 10 weeks.

We look forward to meeting with Star management and our ETU delegates to bargain for the improved benefits that our members so clearly deserve.

We note that the company has agreed not to seek employee approval of any EBA in the next 10 weeks without ETU agreement.

Please see below for a more detailed summary of today’s Fair Work Commission outcome.

Stay tuned for updates or contact our Construction Team for more information.


In unity

Justin Page, Allen Hicks
ETU NSW & ACT Secretary ETU National Secretary


Contact the ETU Construction Team for more information

Fred Barbin 0437 031 840        Antony Stegic 0414 877 943
Steve Bankes 0414 877 553    Stewart Edward 0419 210 442
Lawrie Duff 0400 749 008        Nick Bligh 0475 284 234




Key outcomes from Fair Work Commission 4 March 2019
• The proceedings be adjourned for a 10-week period, called the “adjournment period”.
• For the entirety of the adjournment period, the parties agree to the following:
o The parties will endeavour to negotiate a single-enterprise agreement.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to take any steps to progress the multi-enterprise agreement. This includes, but is not limited to, seeking its employees’ approval of a multi-enterprise agreement.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to progress any Fair Work Commission or Court claims against the respondent, except in compliance with court orders that have already been issued.
o The applicant (ETU) undertakes not to commence any new bargaining-related proceedings. This includes, but is not limited to, an application for a protected action ballot.
o The respondent (Star) undertakes not to seek its employees’ approval of a single-enterprise agreement unless that single-enterprise agreement represents an agreed position of the parties.
• This agreement is to be recorded with the Commission and either party has liberty to apply on 7 days’ notice.

ETU Contracting Industry Update February 2019

Peter Moss - Friday, February 01, 2019