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
Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians
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STOWE"S FAULTY WIRING SHOCKS BARANGAROO WORKER
Electricians again walk off $200m Opera House renovation over safety fears followings asbestos tests
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.”
The Canberra sparkie clinched the vacant champion’s belt earlier this month. He dominated Queenslander Liam Hutchinson for six rounds before the fight was stopped.
Diamond Dave led comfortably on all scorecards when his opponent was badly cut in an accidental head clash.
The Capital Fight Night earlier this month was sponsored by the Electrical Trades Union.
A ringside table of ETU construction members and officials cheered the power-punching southpaw on his way to the national title.
Dave Toussaint, who fights in the ETU blue and gold, thanked the union during his victory speech.
Trained by CFMEU organiser Garry Humphries, Dave’s next bout is likely to be on 25 November in Brisbane on Jeremy Horn’s undercard.
Dave was an Electrogroup apprentice before working for contractor Fredon. His professional record stands at 12-0.
Fellow ETU member Felipe Ferreira fought and lost on points on the Capital Fight Night undercard, taking his record to 6-3.
Thanks to Justin's Photo Works for the image.
CONTRACTOR PLANS TO SLASH INDUSTRY RATES ACROSS 3 STATES
"Our investigation revealed a bizarre arrangement where a handful of workers were employed through one company, paid a monthly bonus by another company, asked to vote on a workplace agreement that would subsequently cover hundreds of other workers across three states, then stripped of their bonuses when they asked for assistance from the union."
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ETU members working for Star Group have won a 17.5 per cent pay boost in their new standard-setting agreement.
The four-year EBA covers up to 40 workers at the company’s service division in Sydney City, Condell Park and the North Shore.
It delivers substantial real wage increases with five pay hikes between 2017 and 2020 totalling 17.5 per cent.
The EBA improves:
• On-call Allowance from $250 to $350 per week
• Travel Allowance by $2 to $22 per day
• Living Away from Home Allowance from $120 to $155.
‘We’re pretty happy with it,’ said ETU delegate Tom Murphy. ‘We made reasonable demands and stuck together until we achieved those.’
Tom, a leading hand electrician, said the outcome benefits both workers and the company.
‘Star Group wanted a four-year agreement to provide stability and certainty. We needed significantly increased wages and allowances to reflect the value of our work. This agreement delivers on both.’
Management accepted the inclusion of a Domestic Violence Clause.
ETU organiser Steve Bankes said members at Star Group’s service division have set the standard for the electrical contracting sector.
‘Our members at Star won for three reasons: they have high levels of union membership, they are united and they are prepared to fight.
‘That is the formula for successful campaigns by workers everywhere,’ said Steve.
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
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.
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
- CHECK the employer name and ABN on your pay slip. This is the company you are legally employed by
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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