General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
The Abbott Government negotiated the terms of the China Free Trade Agreement in secret because it comes at the cost of local jobs, worker safety, workplace rights and community safety.
Next Monday we're rallying in Canberra to stop the China Free Trade Agreement and demand the Government renegotiate the deal in the interests of the community.
Use your lunch break to join the rally – more information in the attached flyer. RSVP here.
August 10, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm
Garema Place, Canberra
25 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2600
The public is overwhelmingly against this deal and making our message heard is crucial to protecting local jobs. Invite your friends and colleagues. See you there.
The ETU is supporting a public meeting to be held in Wollongong tomorrow night to "Save our Steel".
For to long now the Illawarra steel industry has been under increasing operational and financial pressure. The ETU along with other unions will be holding a public meeting in Wollongong tomorrow night calling on the Australian Government to guarantee to ongoing operation of the steel works in the region and the protection of hundreds of local jobs.
Show your support and come along!
The ETU is supporting national rally's in all capital cities against Tony Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement that will see aussie workers worse off.
The China FTA allows Chinese companies investing more than A$150 million to import temporary workers without testing if local workers are available, and allows Chinese companies to sue our government for damages if changes to our laws have a negative impact on them.
A Parliamentary Committee is taking evidence about the China FTA over the next month. The ETU want to make your voice heard, by bringing our flags, banners and members together to send a message to the Australian Parliament that we do not support Abbott's China Free Trade Agreement.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Rally outside the Sydney Committee hearing, Friday 31 July, 12 noon, meet outside NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney and bring a friend.
You may have heard that just a few weeks ago Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed off on the China Free Trade Agreement that will allow Chinese based companies to import their own labour.
Abbott's free trade agreement also removes the requirement for mandatory skills assessment for ten occupations including: Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class), Automotive Electrician. ALL OTHER occupations will be reviewed within two years with the aim of reducing or eliminating the need for skills assessments.
The ETU is fighting to STOP THE CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT by raising this as a public issue before two parliamentary committee's consider the issues. In order to come into effect these parliamentary committees must sign off on it.
TAKE ACTION TODAY - visit the Australian Unions website and email your MP
WorkCover NSW as the body responsible for workplace safety in NSW have release online videos relating to electrical safety in the workplace. Electricity is a constant hazard in many workplaces and workers who work on or near electricity are at risk of shocks, burns, other serious injuries or even death.
ETU members across NSW should take the time to review WorkCover's electrical safety information which can be viewed on the WorkCover NSW website.
In a court ruling on Friday the 15th of May, former Gove refinery worker Zorko Zabic, currently dying from asbestos poisoning, won his compensation case and was awarded $425,000 from Rio Tinto after originally being denied compensation due to a legal technicality.
Rio Tinto immediately launched a legal challenge attempting to stop workers making common law claims for asbestos and restrict them to the Territory’s inadequate workers’ compensation system, which denies justice to asbestos victims due to the long gestation period of the illness.
It is a bare-faced attempt to prevent asbestos victims making successful future compensation claims.
Rio Tinto must drop its High Court challenge in an asbestos compensation case in the Northern Territory, in which the mining giant is seeking to limit future claims from victims.
Negotiations have commenced on a new Blue Scope Steel EBA. Below you will find a link to the latest combined unions EBA update for Blue Scope Steel.
All questions can be directed to ETU organiser Dave McKinley.
BlueScope negotiations are well underway and the company has made it clear that they are looking to wind back many of your hard fought conditions.
Their claims include:-
Cuts to your Security of Employment
Cuts to your Sick Leave entitlements
No More Meal Vouchers and Fewer Meal Allowances
Reduced Payment for Training
Changes to Consultation including removing Status Quo
Removal of the Significant Change Clause
No more Extended Leave and Discretionary Leave cut in half.
No Back Pay if negotiations drag on
Introduction of Part Time Employment
Forced 12 hours Shifts
Retention of rate reduced to 12 months
After BlueScope employees helped the company to turn a $300M deficit into a $75M profit over the last couple of years you would think the company had slashed enough but apparently they want a further $300M in profit in the near future.
The combined Unions have rejected these Company claims and we are pushing hard for the following:
Increases to wages and allowances that reflect the hard work put in by wage employees over the last 3 years,
New agreement to end 3 years from the end of the current agreement, with back pay to the expiry date,
Ability for wage employees to be trained to perform Team Leader functions (ie, level 5 & 6),
Morning tea and shower time to be written into the agreement to stop the ongoing attempts to remove them
Stopping staff from doing work covered by the agreement
A Fairer redundancy/selection process, and
Keep all current entitlements and conditions.
There are a number of other claims that we have not given up on and there are some others we feel should no longer be pursued.
We are holding feedback meetings for all Union members.
Venue: North Gate Visitors Centre
Dates: Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd May
Times: 6.30am and 6.30pm (both days)
Please make sure you attend one of these meetings so you have a chance for input and to hear more details about the negotiations from your Union representatives. Any questions can be directed to ETU Organiser Dave McKinley.
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