Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Asbestos Found in Opera House.

- Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The ETU has been made aware that asbestos has been detected during the $200 million renovation of the Sydney Opera House exposing electricians working on Troffers, Risers and Penetrations. The ETU takes the threat of asbestos seriously and as such the ETU is instructing members not to undertake work on Troffers, Risers and Penetrations at the Sydney Opera House until further notice.

Airborne/friable asbestos presents a significant safety threat and the ETU is taking all necessary steps in order to protect members at this time. If you are requested to work in these areas you should advise your supervisor that you have safety concerns and immediately contact Antony Stegic at the union on 0414 877 943.

Builder Lang O'Rourke and Electrical contractor Downer were made aware of the possible presence of asbestos last Monday at which time the employer undertook testing. Results delivered on Wednesday confirmed the presence of asbestos however Lang O'Rourke and Downer did not report this safety incident to SafeWork NSW as a notifiable incident.

The ETU was notified on Friday and has since discovered that ALMOST ALL OF DOWNER’S ELECTRICIANS WORKING ON THE OPERA HOUSE RENOVATION HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED IN ASBESTOS AWARENESS AND WORKING WITH ASBESTOS PROCEDURES.

As such the ETU advises all members working on this site that NO FURTHER WORK SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN ON TROFFERS, RISERS AND PENETRATIONS DUE TO THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF ASBESTOS IN THESE AREAS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The ETU is demanding that new risk assessments be undertaken and necessary training be provided to all employees’ covering asbestos awareness and safe work methods in addition to full personal protective equipment being supplied and used in these areas.

Additionally PCB’s (Polychlorinated biphenyl) have also been found onsite in lighting ballast – PCB’s are a known cancer causing agent – ONLY ETU MEMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE SAFE HANDLING OF PCB’S USING SAFE WORK METHODS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SHOULD UNDERTAKE THIS WORK.

We will provide a further update to members once the situation has been adequately dealt with by management.

Stewart Edward & Antony Stegic - ETU Organisers

KONE LIFT WORKERS MOBILISE FOR WAGE JUSTICE - STANDING STRONG TOGETHER

- Monday, July 31, 2017

More than 100 Kone lift technicians and fitters rallied today at the company's head office in Alexandria.

ETU and AMWU members enjoyed a hearty BBQ breakfast before marching on Kone headquarters.

The workers have one simple demand -- pay rises to bring their wages in line with the industry standard.

The dispute will continue until our members achieve wage justice.

LIFT INDUSTRY CONFERENCE PRESSES THE RIGHT BUTTONS

Peter Moss - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ETU delegates from around Australia have set their strategy around key industry issues.

The union's annual Lift Industry Conference focused on:

* the implications of the Building Code for EBAs
* safety
* proposed changes to National Standards
* licencing.

The Conference brought together delegates from around Australia -- representing Kone, Otis, Schindler and Thyssen Krupp.

ETU members vowed to stay strong together and maintain the good conditions achieved through union action.

National Day of Action - Stand Up Fight Back

- Monday, June 19, 2017

A National Day of Action has been organised to stand up and fight back against the Turnbull Government attacks on workers including:

  • Cuts to Penalty Rates
  • Rampant Wage Theft from Employers
  • ABCC & Building Code Attacks, and
  • Exploitation of Overseas Workers

Rally's have been organised in Sydney and Canberra taking place tomorrow Tuesday 20 June, details below.

$50,000 RECOVERED FOR 30 KONE APPRENTICES

Peter Moss - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ETU INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS MASSIVE TRAVEL ALLOWANCE UNDERPAYMENT

Kone apprentices are all smiles after banking thousands of dollars in backpay, thanks to union action.

An ETU investigation revealed the young ETU members were being paid just a fraction of their rightful travel allowance.

They are entitled to the same travel allowance as tradespeople but had been receiving lower rates.

Thirty apprentices were owed amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. That money is now safe in their pockets.

Are you being paid your full entitlements? Check with your ETU delegate or organiser.

 

$66,000 UNPAID SUPER RECOVERED FOR 30 ETU MEMBERS

Peter Moss - Monday, May 29, 2017

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO JOHN AYRES ELECTRICAL

 The ETU has recovered $66,000 in superannuation owed to around 30 ETU members.

Contractor JOHN AYRES ELECTRICAL failed to pay compulsory super and MERC redundancy contributions between January and May for some electricians.

 The missing money has been recovered but an ETU crackdown on missing super continues.

 ETU member Brad Potter, working for John Ayres Electrical on an inner-city site, said he was ‘pissed off’.

 ‘This a major cock-up with our money but the company seems to think it is not a big deal,’ said Brad. ‘We earned that super. It’s not for the boss to delay payment for any reason.’

 3 TOP TIPS FOR GUARDING YOUR SUPER

  1. CHECK the employer name and ABN on your pay slip. This is the company you are legally employed by
  2.  CHECK your super account ONLINE by the 14th day of every month. This is the only way to be sure your super is paid up-to-date
  3.  IF YOU have not received super contributions for three months – or if you have any other concern – contact your ETU delegate or organiser for support

2016 CEPU Financial Accounts

- Monday, May 08, 2017

In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2016.

By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in.

Click here to access the CEPU 2015 financial report.

04/05/2017: FUJI XEROX AUSTRALIA ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT NEWSLETTER

Bruce Fan - Friday, May 05, 2017

On Thursday 27th April 2017 the ETU was notified that the Fair Work Commission has raised a number of compliance issues with the Fuji Xerox Australia – Customer Support Organisation Enterprise Agreement 2016. For your information I have included those issues on the following page.

 

Despite our repeated requests the company has yet to give us a briefing on how they intend to address the issues. Our understanding is that most of the issues can be sorted out with undertakings and are technical compliance issues in nature which when rectified will have no effect on the agreement. Having said that they obviously need to be sorted out.

 

To avoid any confusion around issue 5b) in particular, which deals with minimum rates of pay, this does not affect current members in any case because there are no members on this classification rate of pay.

 

This latest debacle is yet another unnecessary and regrettable delay to the process which could have well been avoided had FXA paid more attention to detail. It is however important that members understand that there will be no material effect on the agreement as negotiated. All the applicable back pay and conditions will still be honoured. As soon as we have a briefing from FXA on how they intend to address the issues and comply we will notify members.

 

On another note the union movement will be celebrating May Day this Sunday 7th May with a march and family fun day commencing 12:00 at Hyde Park Nth and ending at Prince Alfred Park. At the end of the march there will be food, rides and entertainment for the kids. I encourage all members to attend this great event and stand with us to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the union movement and the contribution that all unionists have made to Australian society over the past 150 years. I have attached a flier to the notice – please encourage your friends and family to attend.



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ETU Attends Canberra Day of Mourning

- Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The ACT commemorated International Day of Mourning at a site set up some years ago by the ACT Labor Government. It’s in a beautiful spot close to Lake Burly Griffin and adjacent the Carillion.

There were speeches from local Political leaders, Unions ACT, CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall and a Mother who had lost her son in an industrial accident, the circumstances of this loss was staggering.

Speakers commented on the legal and public outrage delivered to other offenders, for example “coward punch” initiators and the “slap on the wrist” for employers who fail to meet their safe workplace obligations.

Its fair to say that bosses have become emboldened in recent years, willing to cut corners for the sake of saving time, in the pursuit of even greater profits and these bosses are unlikely to change their tune until we change the Government and get rid of the ABCC and building code - both of which threaten the safety of workers.

Despite the sombre tone there was a significant gathering and the local Tradies Club who put on a sausage sizzle and drinks – thank you guys.

APPLY NOW - ETU 2017 Education Scholarships

- Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.

To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 2017.