General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

ETU Newcastle Have Moved

Paul Lister - Monday, October 24, 2016

The ETU office is Newcastle has relocated to the following address:

Hunter Workers Building
Suite 4B
Ground Floor
406-408 King Street
Newcastle West  NSW  2302

Phone, fax and email remain unchanged:

Phone: 02 4968 2488
Fax: 02 4968 3466
Email: etunewcastle@etunsw.asn.au

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY REMAINS IN INTENSIVE CARE

Paul Lister - Friday, August 26, 2016

A snap shot of the current status of Manufacturing in NSW would reveal some manufacturing industries are doing reasonably well in our competitive environment, these manufacturers are predominantly supporting the building and construction development both Commercial and Domestic.

Other manufacturers  in Food and Beverage Equipment and Service are facing takeovers, selloffs and mergers usually making workers Redundant.

The overwhelming majority of manufacturing employers are surviving on marginal financial bottom lines bringing in to question their ability to provide future jobs , train new employees and engage apprentices.

Wage increases have been slowing and in many instances members are experiencing no increases while their Senior Management staff experience large Bonuses for cutting costs including cutting staff.

Members should be very much aware of tactics being adopted by Employers during negotiations of their Enterprise Agreements whereby, to get your job performed at a cheaper rate in the future they  are offering members’ wage increases if they accept a new set of pay rates and conditions for new starters.

This results in current members having their rates ‘grandfathered’ and the lower rates will apply to all new starters resulting in two class of workers doing the same work for different rates of pay.

This is selling out our childrens future by trading good wages and conditions for a wage increase.

Members should be wary of this approach to bargaining and contact your Organiser in the event this occurs.

It is now becoming all too common.

Manufacturing continues to barely survive without Government support or Protection and for now remains in Intensive Care.

ETU NSW throws financial support behind sacked CUB workers

Paul Lister - Friday, August 19, 2016

The NSW Branch of the ETU/CEP has donated $10,000 towards the fighting fund to support the 55 sacked CUB workers in Melbourne who are members of the ETU and the AMWU.

On top of this NSW construction industry members chipped in a further $2,000 out of their own pocket while an AMWU/ETU fundraiser last Wednesday night saw another $5,000 raised bringing the total to almost $20,000.

ETU Secretary Steve Butler said that the actions of CUB were un-Australian which is a far reach from a company that trades so heavily on what it is to be an Australian.

“As an act of solidarity these funds will be provided to help support the effected workers and assist their campaign for full re-instatement” said NSW Secretary Steve Butler.

“This is what being union is all about, standing united and supporting each other in times of need.”

“I have personally visited the picket line in Melbourne and I have meet these workers and understand what they are going through as a result of this bastard act from their employer.”

“I am proud of our membership in NSW for stepping up to the plate to support our brothers and sisters in Victoria during this dispute.” said Steve.

“I encourage all members, their families and friends to consider supporting other brands when next visiting the local bottle shop.” Steve said

CUB Fundraiser - Wednesday 17 August

Paul Lister - Monday, August 15, 2016

ETU NSW Supports Sacked CUB Workers

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 11, 2016

ETU welcomes leadership on steel

Paul Lister - Thursday, June 16, 2016

The ETU representing more than 70,000 people working in high-skill blue-collar trades has welcomed the news that a Labor government will invest in Australian steel.

The announcement of a joint investment in a $150 million steel reserve between federal labor and the South Australian governments demonstrated a realistic and credible plan for Australian steel, Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) national industrial officer Matt Murphy said on Thursday.

Mr Murphy said that the announcement would help troubled South Australian steelmaker Arrium weather the current steel glut and return to health.

“Arrium has been teetering on the edge of a financial cliff for months, and if it falls it takes thousands of Australian steel and manufacturing jobs with it,” he said.

“It’s testament to the co-operative efforts of working people, administrators and creditors that we have kept the company alive, but we need credible long-term leadership from government. Until today it has been absent.”

Mr Murphy called on the federal government to match the ALP’s commitment.

“It’s beyond ideology at this point – people’s livelihoods are at stake. Malcolm Turnbull knows a good idea when he sees it, and one has been put in front of him.”

“It’s time for the government of Australia to support its steel industry the same way our major trading partners do.”

“Anything less from Turnbull represents a failure of leadership. It’s time to show that the government’s commitment to industry extends beyond slipping on a hi-vis for photo ops.” 

CEPU/ETU 2015 Financial Accounts

Paul Lister - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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 2015.

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/ETU 2015 financial report.

Macarthur Public Forum - Future of Education

Paul Lister - Monday, June 06, 2016

ETU members are invited to attend a public forum on the future of education covering TAFE and university. The forum will be held on Wednesday 15 June at the Campbelltown RSL, 1 Carberry Lane, Cambelltown at 7pm.

Please RSVP to: mstuart@actu.org.au

ETU Retired Members Campaign Events

Paul Lister - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Attn ETU Retired members - please see below a timetable of campaign events being organised and supported by the Unions NSW retired members committee. For more information contact Alison Rahill at Unions NSW tel 02 9881 5923 mob 0414 316 839 Email arahill@unionsnsw.org.au.

 

THURSDAY 12 MAY
LUNCHTIME 11:30am – 1:30pm International Nurses Day. Leafleting Medicare and Budget cuts Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd Concord. Meet at the big pedestrian crossing. (Bus to Concord Hospital from Strathfield train station 458 or 459).

SATURDAY 14 MAY
MORNING 9:00am – 12:00pm street stall and leafleting in front of the Five Dock Post Office 106 Great North Rd, Five Dock. Pat mobile 0418 616 858.

MORNING 9:00am – 11:00am street stall and leafleting sporting grounds Edwards Park Brewer St Concord.  Jill mobile 0414 231 959.

MONDAY 16 MAY
MORNING 7:30am – 9am Concord West train station and street stall.

TUESDAY 17 MAY
LUNCHTIME 1:00PM – 4PM meet at the Country train station North exit, we will travel together to Neutral Bay Jillian Skinners Office for an Aged Care protest. Return to AFTERNOON 3pm – 4:30pm Gonski action. Assemble Burwood Park corner Burwood Rd and Park St Burwood (opposite the entrance to Westfield, next to the War Memorial).

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY
AFTERNOON 3:30PM – 5:00PM Gonski action. Leafleting and street stall for Gonski in Strathfield Square opposite the Strathfield train station.

THURSDAY 19 MAY
MORNING 7:30AM – 9:00AM leafleting Homebush train station.

FRIDAY 20 MAY
MORNING 7:30AM – 9:00AM leafleting North Strathfield train station.

SATURDAY 21 MAY
AFTERNOON 1:30PM – 4:30PM Doorknocking union members meet at the Tigers Five Dock Corner Barnstaple Road and Ingham Ave, Five Dock.

SUNDAY 22 MAY
ALL DAY 10:00am – 2:00pm information stall at the Rhodes Bridge Opening, west of Rhodes train station in the Park near the new bridge.

MONDAY 23 MAY
MORNING 7:00am – 9:00am leafleting Strathfield train station.

TUESDAY 24 MAY
AFTERNOON 2:30pm – 4:30pm street stall and leafleting Croydon train station and in front of the Post Office 1 The Strand, Croydon. Jill mobile 0414 231 959.

THURSDAY 26 MAY
LUNCHTIME 11:30am – 1:30pm International Nurses Day. Leafleting Medicare and Budget cuts Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd Concord. Meet at the big pedestrian crossing. (Bus to Concord Hospital from Strathfield train station 458 or 459).

PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA CAMPAIGN MEETING MONDAY 30 MAY 10AM – 12 PM TRADES HALL

Update for ETU members at Arrium

Paul Lister - Monday, April 18, 2016

During the past week there have been a number of developments in the Arrium administration process that you should be informed of.

Unions and other creditors have elected to appoint KordaMentha as the company’s administrator. KordaMentha has a strong history of working constructively with unions and securing worker entitlements in situations such as this. We are confident that we will be able to reach the best possible outcome working with them.

The ETU and other unions are representing 6600 workers at 181 sites around Australia. We are determined to engage in a process that focuses on the preservation of jobs, of value, and of Arrium as a going concern – we don’t want the company to be propped up only to fall over again in six months.

We will ensure that there is money to cover all outstanding entitlements – employees of the company have priority over other unsecured creditors in this situation. The banks are locked in and are not allowed to sell their debt.

At this stage there are no redundancies or job cuts planned as part of the administration process.

We are meeting regularly with other creditors and will provide updates throughout the administration process.

We encourage members who have not appointed the ETU as their proxy for the administration process and wish to do so to obtain a proxy form from the local administrator representative and complete it in consultation with your local organiser for forwarding to the national office of the ETU.

Questions may be directed to Justin Page - justinp@etunsw.asn.au / 0414 877 301.