Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Victorian OTIS Victory

Paul Lister - Friday, December 19, 2014

After a long fought campaign Victorian Otis workers, who held the line and fought back against Otis’ lock-out, have broken through and achieved a significant win.

An in-principle offer was put to a mass meeting of Otis members on Wednesday and was voted up. This is a fantastic win for Otis workers, and for other workers in the industry who will be negotiating their own wages and conditions in the coming months.

The breakthrough came after 11th hour negotiations on Tuesday that led to a number of concessions by Otis. The in-principle offer includes:

  • A 3 1/2 year Agreement
  • 4% wage increases over the life of the Agreement
  • Income Protection for the first time
  • Increased daily fares and travel allowance
  • Construction allowances increased to above industry standards
  • Minimum site allowances on all projects

Our congratulations go out to our Victorian brothers and sisters.

The Victorian Branch has extended a sincerely thanks to the ETU National Office and interstate branches for their support during this dispute.


AMP IT UP: EBA Mass Meeting

Paul Lister - Monday, November 24, 2014

Sydney Construction Industry EBA mass meeting will be held on Wednesday 17 December, full details below and in attached flyer.

Wednesday 17 December, 12 noon
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
Cnr Mary and Reservoir Streets Surry Hills

Members will need to take a half day RDO.

Stewart Edward  0419 210 442
Brad McDougall  0438 777 653
Dave McKinley  0414 877 478

 Download the flyer here.

Victorian Lifties Locked Out

Paul Lister - Friday, November 21, 2014

Next week members at Otis Lifts in Victoria will be in their fifth week of being locked out by company management.

Members of the AMWU and ETU working for Otis Lifts had commenced protected industrial action in support of a new workplace agreement several weeks ago. The workers were forced to take action to bring management to the table to negotiate outstanding claims about employing apprentices and reducing future entitlements to below industry standards for skilled trades workers.

Otis have now locked out all 150 employees wanting to suppress workers accepting an Agreement that reduces conditions and entitlements.

Construction industry standards include overtime paid at double time rate and 26 RDOs per year on guaranteed days. Otis and its workers are in dispute over the overtime rate, RDOs, employment of apprentices, site allowances and the Federal Building Construction Code.

Working in Heat

Paul Lister - Friday, November 21, 2014

Weather forecasters are predicting that parts of NSW and the ACT will experience high temperatures over the coming days.

All members should be aware of the dangers of heat stress and be familiar with the unions working in heat policy (2003), your employer’s heat management policy or the Workcover code of practice for managing the work environment.

In summary ETU members should observe the following as a minimum but individuals should take appropriate action depending on your individual health and work situation: 


Continuous work with normal breaks.


Minimum 15-minute break per hour worked.


Mandatory - stop work - do individual (Personal) risk assessment and determine if work is to continue, that work undertaken to be limited to fault and emergency or finalisation of current work (No New Work).


Click on the links provided for a full copy of the ETU Working in Heat (2003) policyWorkcover NSW’s website with details about working in heat and the Bureau of Meteorology for current weather forecasts (click on the map for your local forecast).

Members should exercise extreme care as temperatures rise. If you have any questions please contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

Delegate Training

Paul Lister - Thursday, October 30, 2014

The ETU is running a delegates training course for new delegates or current delegates that have not yet done any training. The "Delegates Level One" course has been scheduled for two days over 3-4 December. Places are limited, if you wish to attend this training please contact your organiser.

Full Details...

Course name: Delegate one (basic) training.

Location: ETU Sydney office.

Date/Time:3 - 4 December 2014 starting at 0830.


Mandatory Working with Asbestos Training - ACT

Paul Lister - Friday, September 26, 2014

The scourge of Asbestos has dominated the headlines in the ACT recently mainly due to the well-publicised Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos insulation saga. Whist this heightened media exposure has caused the ACT government to act definitively for the home owners of these 1000 odd effected properties,  what about the countless tradespeople who have worked on these properties over the years blissfully unaware of the dangers they faced hidden in the wall cavities and underfloor spaces. The fact is that workers likely to encounter Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) products through their respective occupations had been required to undertake basic asbestos awareness training for many years. The fact is this was poorly managed at a government level and the reality was many employers in identified occupations never ensured the proper training was implemented.

Through the ETU and other construction union’s representation on the ACT’s peak Workplace Health and Safety advisory body; the Work Safety Council, the issue of proper asbestos training has been firmly on the agenda for many years. Together with the backing of the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, Mark McCabe and other relevant industry associations, a new mandatory regime of Asbestos Awareness training was developed in 2013 and was designed to capture all workers that are likely to encounter asbestos in the workplace as identified in a list of prescribed occupations. This training was required to be provided to all existing employees by 30 September 2014 and subsequently all new employees prior to them starting work. Along with existing mandatory training and licensing of asbestos removalists and assessors, this awareness training formed two of the three tiered approach to asbestos training for the ACT.

The final or third tier of the Asbestos training framework for ACT is now finally underway. This new package is particularly relevant to electrical and communications workers in the ACT as it finally deals with the elephant in the room……working with asbestos. The fact remains that many electrical and communication workers are often faced with tasks involving the cutting, drilling, penetrating or fixing to ACM products in older premises.  Asbestos related work, if carried out correctly, drastically reduces the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres; if not done correctly, exposure to airborne fibres increases dramatically not only for the person doing the work but also others around them.

The aim of this new training package is designed to provide workers with the skills and knowledge to perform these tasks safely, competently, efficiently. It will cover all aspects of Asbestos Related Work from initial planning and risk assessment, selection and use of correct PPE, asbestos fibre containment methods, appropriate disposal of residual asbestos, correct decontamination methods for the site, any tools and protective clothing. It is intended that the training will be developed as a national unit of competency and will only be delivered by accredited register training organisations. Accreditation will be overseen by the project steering committee of which the CEPU is represented. It is anticipated that the final package will be ready for delivery in the first quarter of 2015. The new training will be mandatory for all workers in occupations where asbestos related work is carried out.

The ETU commends the work of the ACT Work Safety Council and the support of the Work Safety Commissioner in not only endorsing, but actively campaigning for this long overdue package of mandatory safety training. The ACT is now leading the way in effective and legislative asbestos training nationally and we call on other jurisdictions to follow suit and mandate asbestos training for all effected workers.

For more information on this subject contact Matt McCann at the CEPU on matt.mccann@etunsw.asn.au

St Helena Tunnel Fit Out

Paul Lister - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Further update for members wishing to get short term work on the Tunnel fit out.

Lend Lease Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd have been confirmed as the Electrical Contractor and look like they will be beginning in early October 2014, at this stage.

The rates will be as per their Sydney Construction Workplace Agreement 2012-2015 and the current rates from that agreement are displayed below this article.

The expectation from the Contractor is a workforce of up to 40 with the peak around February 2015. There is a further expectation of a majority local workforce for the project.

Tony Abbott's Building Code

Paul Lister - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Negotiations start at Thyssen Krupp

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Negotiations for a new EA at Thyssen Krupp are about to commence. A mass meeting will be held to elect a negotiating committee and to develop a log of claims.

Details for the mass meeting are as follows:

7am - Thursday 28 August - 18 Huntley Street, Alexandria.

Any questions may be directed to Dave McKinley on 0414 877 478 or davem@etunsw.asn.au


Lismore Base Hospital Work

Paul Lister - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Construction and upgrade work has now commenced at the Lismore Base Hospital with the managing contractor being John Holland. Following discussions with John Holland management, we are advised that the first stage will be earthworks.

John Holland have indicated that it is most likely to let the Electrical Contract in late August 2014 however from this time there may be employment opportunities for licenced electricians onsite.

We will endeavour to keep members up to date with any developments. All updates will be posted on the ETU website and any questions may be directed to ETU Organiser Geoff Prime - 0416 060 955.