Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

SAFETY ALERT - TAKATA AIRBAGS

Paul Lister - Friday, March 02, 2018

Dear ETU Members.

Product Safety Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Governments Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this week issued a product recall relating to Takata Airbags. This recall is compulsory due to significant safety risks and affects a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motor cycles.

THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

If your employer has any of the affected vehicles in their fleet you should first contact your supervisor to find out if the mandatory recall work has been completed or to report that your vehicle is impacted by the product recall.

The ACCC has advised the following:

It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

If you have any issues arising in the workplace relating to the operation of affected vehicles please immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
Secretary

KONE LIFT WORKERS WIN AGAIN

Peter Moss - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
SITE ALLOWANCE BOOSTED BY UP TO $5 PER HOUR

Most Sydney Kone lift workers will enjoy pay rises of up to $5 per hour thanks to a new site allowance matrix voted up today.

The boost comes on top of the 16 per cent wage increase won by Kone employees in a hard-fought EBA campaign last year.

Around 170 lift technicians and fitters working in the company’s installation and modernisation sections will receive the higher rates from February.



The new site allowance varies between $2 per hour, for projects valued under $10 million, to $7 per hour, for contracts over $700 million. This replaces current rates of $1.76 per hour.

Union members won the higher rates after the Federal Government’s building watchdog rejected a site allowance clause in Kone’s recently-negotiated EBA.

ETU organiser Steve Bankes said the new matrix ‘is a first for the industry’ because site allowance now sits within the Kone enterprise agreement.

‘This sets the standard not just for lift companies but for other electrical employers across NSW,’ said Steve.

‘In future negotiations, we will push to extend similar standards throughout the industry.’



Steve said the outcome reflects the strength of union members at Kone.

‘When you join your union and stick together, you get results. Congratulations to our members at Kone,’ he said.

ETU Christmas & New Year Office Hours

Paul Lister - Thursday, December 07, 2017

The ETU office will be closed between 21 December 2017 and 2 January 2018 – for emergency workplace matters during this period please contact your workplace delegate or email davem@etunsw.com.au and an ETU official will make contact with you.

Over the holiday period the ETU will be operating with a reduced staff complement to facilitate annual leave. If your organiser is not contactable during this period please call the ETU office on 02 9267 4844 and your enquiry will be directed to an official or officer of the union.

We would like to wish all members a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday period.

Get Your Tickets! ETU Construction Picnic Day

Paul Lister - Thursday, November 23, 2017

The ETU Construction & Contracting Picnic Day is being held on Monday 4 December - financial ETU members and their families are invited to come along and enjoy an affordable day out. Tickets available online, from your delegate, ETU organiser or the ETU Sydney Office.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE.

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Change the Rules Rally - 16 November

Paul Lister - Monday, November 13, 2017

Join us 11.30am Thursday 16 November - Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central Station).

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Paul Lister - Friday, November 03, 2017

THYSSENKRUP LIFT WORKERS WIN 12% HIGHER PAY & 2% MORE SUPER

Peter Moss - Thursday, November 02, 2017
Around 80 lift workers employed by Thyssenkrupp are set for three years of big increases to wages and super.

The gains come in a new agreement accepted in principle by ETU members today.

The EBA will deliver:
• a 12% pay rise over three years
• superannuation boosted from 10% to 12%
• MERT redundancy payments up from $66 to $74.



ETU organiser Steve Bankes said: 'This is a great outcome for our lift technicians in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

'Our members won significant significantly improved wages and superannuation without taking industrial action.

'Management wanted to avoid a protracted dispute such as we saw recently at Kone.

'The lesson is that strong and determined workers organised in the union have a huge advantage.

'When we stick together we win,' said Steve.

A draft EBA will be sent to Thyssenkrup employees over the next few weeks, to be voted on by a mass meeting of ETU members.

BARANGAROO: STOWE ISSUED PROHIBITION NOTICE AFTER UNION ACTION

Peter Moss - Thursday, October 12, 2017

STOWE"S FAULTY WIRING SHOCKS BARANGAROO WORKER



ETU action today saw a Prohibition Notice issued to contractor Stowe Australia after a worker received an electric shock at Barangaroo yesterday.

Faulty wiring installed by unlicensed electricians caused the shock, regulator SafeWork NSW found.

The Notice bans all work on mounted power points in the affected area until new systems, including supervision, are in place.

The incident is just the latest safety breach on the massive Barangaroo site under builder Lend Lease.

ETU organiser Fred Barbin called on Stowe to properly train workers in the required temporary wiring standard AS 3012.

‘The ETU will continue to actively monitor the Barangaroo site to ensure workers can go home safely,’ said Fred.

SAFETY CONCERNS ON YOUR SITE? CONTACT THE ETU TEAM IMMEDIATELY

Electricians again walk off $200m Opera House renovation over safety fears followings asbestos tests

Paul Lister - Friday, October 06, 2017

Electrical workers this morning stopped work on the $200 million renovation of the Sydney Opera House, refusing to continue with the installation of cabling through the iconic building after receiving confirmation that potentially-deadly friable asbestos had again been located in work areas.

Scientific testing of samples collected yesterday were this morning confirmed to contain friable asbestos, sparking a meeting of electrical workers where they decided to walk off the job immediately until the serious safety issue was resolved.

The incident is the second time in two months that asbestos concerns have halted renovation works on the iconic building, with the Electrical Trades Union demanding the safety regulator and NSW Government intervene to ensure the issue is resolved.

“This issue was first identified two months ago, with SafeWork NSW giving builder Laing O'Rourke a weak slap on the wrist. The company had seven days to remove the asbestos or eliminate the threat to workers through appropriate safety measures and have clearly failed to do so,” ETU secretary Dave McKinley said.

“Electricians yesterday raised the alarm that they were again being exposed to loose asbestos fibres, which has now been confirmed by scientific testing.

“Two months after this major safety issue was uncovered, and the builder was ordered to rectify it by the safety regulator, we have again seen workers exposed to these carcinogenic fibres.”

Mr McKinley said the union was demanding the NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Keen, immediately launch an investigation as to why SafeWork NSW refuses to impose a prohibition notice on Laing O'Rourke, which would prevent any construction work from taking place in the contaminated areas until the asbestos was isolated and removed by specialist contractors.

“It is completely unacceptable that workers, performers and the general public continue to be exposed to a toxic substance at this iconic building, particularly as the builder is receiving $200 million from taxpayers to carry out the renovations,” he said.

“Electricians have made a decision to put their safety first, despite the fact that Laing O'Rourke previously threatened to have them prosecuted in the Fair Work Commission after accusing them of taking unlawful industrial action when they last stopped work over asbestos concerns.

“It’s pretty clear the system is broken when workers are threatened with legal action for refusing to expose themselves to a deadly substance like asbestos, yet the safety regulator seems unwilling to ensure the builder is abiding by workplace health and safety laws.

“The NSW Government need to get off their backsides, take responsibility for this serious issue, and ensure that all asbestos is removed from the Opera House.”

 

They Weren't Asking for Much

Paul Lister - Wednesday, September 27, 2017