Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Rally against ChAFTA

- Friday, July 17, 2015

The ETU is supporting national rally's in all capital cities against Tony Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement that will see aussie workers worse off.

The China FTA allows Chinese companies investing more than A$150 million to import temporary workers without testing if local workers are available, and allows Chinese companies to sue our government for damages if changes to our laws have a negative impact on them.

A Parliamentary Committee is taking evidence about the China FTA over the next month. The ETU want to make your voice heard, by bringing our flags, banners and members together to send a message to the Australian Parliament that we do not support Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Rally outside the Sydney Committee hearing, Friday 31 July, 12 noon, meet outside NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney and bring a friend.

Stop the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

- Thursday, July 16, 2015

You may have heard that just a few weeks ago Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed off on the China Free Trade Agreement that will allow Chinese based companies to import their own labour.

Abbott's free trade agreement also removes the requirement for mandatory skills assessment for ten occupations including: Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class), Automotive Electrician. ALL OTHER occupations will be reviewed within two years with the aim of reducing or eliminating the need for skills assessments.

The ETU is fighting to STOP THE CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT by raising this as a public issue before two parliamentary committee's consider the issues. In order to come into effect these parliamentary committees must sign off on it.

TAKE ACTION TODAY - visit the Australian Unions website and email your MP


NECA working to minimise apprentice pay & conditions

- Thursday, July 09, 2015

The ETU is fighting to get a better deal for NECA Group Training Apprentices.

We recently surveyed NECA GT apprentices who responded by highlighting that apprentices want a better deal when it comes to pay and conditions.

The ETU is preparing our log of claim for the NECA GT EBA. Don't be fooled by the spin from NECA that  they are your friend - it is NECA that are trying their hardest to undermine apprentice pay and conditions. The ETU - your union - are the only ones fighting for a better deal.

BEWARE: If NECA decide to put a non union endorse agreement to a vote all NECA apprentices should vote NO and back the union for a better deal. By sticking together we will win.


CEPU NSW Divisional Branch Election Notice

- Monday, July 06, 2015

To download a copy of the election notice please click here.

ETU fighting for a better deal for NECA Apprentices

- Thursday, July 02, 2015

The ETU took NECA to the Fair Work Commission last Monday to argue that NECA have not been bargaining in good faith when it comes to a new EBA for NECA Apprentices. Commissioner Lawrence recommended that both the ETU and NECA meet to discuss the unions log of claim on behalf of NECA Apprentices - this meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday 15 July.

Now that the ETU has been successful in getting NECA to the negotiating table we are asking ALL NECA APPRENTICES to complete this online survey to assist the union in formulating your final log of claim.

The ETU wants to see NECA apprentices secure an agreement that improves their pay and conditions by reviewing the current pay structure and pay levels, inclusion of income protection insurance, Host employer EBA rates to be paid (if they are higher)when NECA apprentices are working on EBA sites, increases to allowances and fair annual pay increases.

This is where YOU come in. We want NECA apprentices to tell us what is most important to you. Please complete the survey below and make sure you let your work mates know to do the same.


if you have any questions please contact ETU Organiser Ben Lister on benl@etunsw.asn.au or 0400 264 007.


* Required

Fair Work Commission Hears ETU Stowe Protected Action Ballot

- Monday, June 22, 2015

The Fair Work Commission today started hearing the ETU’s application to hold a protected action ballot at STOWE. As expected STOWE management appeared in the Fair Work Commission to argue against workers having the right to vote on whether to take industrial action.

Under the EBA process and by law every single worker has the right to take industrial action but before this can happen workers must vote majority in favour of taking such action but STOWE management think that you should just accept an unfair outcome and that you should not be allowed to take action.

Despite appearing before the Fair Work Commission for most of the day there was no outcome and the hearing will continue tomorrow. It is clear that STOWE management want to avoid industrial action but they refuse to accept that the quickest and simplest way for them to do this is to start listening to your negotiating committee and agree to a fair EBA that includes site allowance and other reasonable improvements.

Once the unions protected action ballot application is successfully approved by the Fair Work Commission all ETU members will be given the opportunity to vote on industrial action, the type of industrial action and when it will occur – this is an opportunity for you to stand up and be counted.

We will keep members up to date on any developments as they come to hand but in the meantime you should be weary of anything your desperate management team tell you as they are trying every trick in the book to get you to agree to a crappy offer that does not include site allowance and other basic entitlements.

VOTE NO to City Electrical Crappy EBA Offer

- Friday, June 19, 2015

City Electrical management believe that their workforce are weak and will accept a crappy offer which is why management are attempting to push through an EBA that will leave City Electrical employees worse off compared with other electrical contractors.


The ETU is confident that we will secure a far better offer for City Electrical workers but this can only be achieved if you VOTE NO next Friday 26 June.

In Summary this is what you get if you support managements proposed agreement:


Management have been bosting to other NECA companies that they think they can push through an agreement that is NOT ENDORSED BY THE UNION and one that delivers LOW INDUSTRY STANDARDS.


Look out for yourself and your work mates

- Friday, June 19, 2015

Are you concerned about a workmate or are you struggling yourself with changes at work? There are many services available that can provide assistance.

Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au
Sane Australia: www.sane.org
Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au

STOWE ETU Members Support Protected Action Ballot

- Friday, June 19, 2015

Negotiations have now been going on for more than a month with the bosses and NECA attempting to push through non-union agreements that deliver big benefits for bosses while delivering poor outcomes for workers.

ETU members at electrical contractor STOWE have overwhelmingly supported the union’s application for a protected action ballot which will step up pressure on management to come to the table with a genuine offer.

STOWE management have challenged the unions application for a protected action ballot but the union will argue in the Fair Work Commission that the ballot should be permitted to proceed in which we expect a ruling from the commission within two weeks.

If approved the ETU will be pushing to conduct site ballots where members will be able to vote onsite on set dates. A list of industrial action options will be available for members to vote on and the ETU will be asking members to support all options to provide members with as many options as possible which will include strike action.

ETU organiser Stewart Edward said that the time for cheap management talk is over and if STOWE management are serious about striking an agreement they must start negotiating in good faith and deliver a good outcome for workers as we coming into a construction boom across Sydney.

“Management have been full of cheap talk but it’s time they seriously consider some of the claims that workers are seeking including the re-introduction of site allowance, improvements to inclement weather provisions,  reviewing penalties and delivering decent increases to pay and allowances.

“It is clear to me when I visit Stowe sites across Sydney that members are fed up with the antics of management and the games NECA are playing behind the scenes.”

“The fact that ETU members at Stowe are prepared to stand up and be counted by supporting a protected action ballot should send a strong and clear message to management that we will not back down and accept a sub standard non union agreement.” Stewart said.

The only way ETU members will get a decent outcome is by sticking together and rejecting managements sub standard offers.

Bosses Try Every Trick in the Book

- Friday, June 19, 2015

When the ETU met with members at STOWE sites across Sydney management decided they would attend and try to disrupt proceedings by peddling the company line, interrupting delegates and officials and trying to talk over the top of people.

Despite this ETU members at Barangaroo, Blacktown Hospital, Darling Harbour LIVE and George Street all endorsed the union’s application to the Fair Work Commission for a protected action ballot.

On top of this the ETU also believes that management have supported sympathetic reps on the negotiating committee in order to back in managements position with these reps misreporting what has happened at negotiating meetings.

Stewart Edward said that management are trying every trick in the book in order to stifle negotiations, misrepresent the union and our members and to create confusion in an attempt to get their employees to accept a sub standard agreement.

“There is nothing new to what management are trying to do but it is disappointing that management prefer to play these games rather than sit down and listen to what workers have to say when it comes to negotiating an acceptable outcome.

Meanwhile ETU members at other contractors are facing similar issues in negotiating a new EBA with City Electrical deciding to put out a non union EBA to a vote which will see workers end up with sub standard conditions including no site allowance and pay increases below 3%.

The ETU will be asking members at all electrical contracting companies to reject any offer that is not endorsed by the union and our members at mass meetings.