General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

ETU Canberra Rally to Stop the China Free Trade Agreement

Paul Lister - Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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.

WHEN
August 10, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm

WHERE
Garema Place, Canberra
25 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia

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.

Save our Steel - Public Meeting, Wollongong

Paul Lister - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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!

Rally against ChAFTA

Paul Lister - Friday, July 17, 2015

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.

Stop the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Paul Lister - Thursday, July 16, 2015

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

CEPU NSW Divisional Branch Election Notice

Paul Lister - Monday, July 06, 2015

To download a copy of the election notice please click here.

WorkCover Electrical Safety Information

Paul Lister - Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

Make Rio Pay!

Paul Lister - Friday, May 29, 2015

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.

CLCIK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION NOW

Blue Scope Steel EBA newsletter #1

Paul Lister - Monday, May 18, 2015

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.

Click here to read the latest combined unions update.

All questions can be directed to ETU organiser Dave McKinley.

Blue Scope Steel negotiation kick off

Paul Lister - Monday, May 18, 2015

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.

Working in Heat

Paul Lister - Friday, November 21, 2014

Weather forecasters are predicting that parts of NSW and the ACT will experience high temperatures over the coming days.

All members should be aware of the dangers of heat stress and be familiar with the unions working in heat policy (2003), your employer’s heat management policy or the Workcover code of practice for managing the work environment.

In summary ETU members should observe the following as a minimum but individuals should take appropriate action depending on your individual health and work situation: 

                
TEMPRETURE
DETAILS
0-28C

Continuous work with normal breaks.

28-38C

Minimum 15-minute break per hour worked.

38C+

Mandatory - stop work - do individual (Personal) risk assessment and determine if work is to continue, that work undertaken to be limited to fault and emergency or finalisation of current work (No New Work).

 

Click on the links provided for a full copy of the ETU Working in Heat (2003) policyWorkcover NSW’s website with details about working in heat and the Bureau of Meteorology for current weather forecasts (click on the map for your local forecast).

Members should exercise extreme care as temperatures rise. If you have any questions please contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.


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