General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
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.
With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.
We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
The competition password is: Electric
In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.
Dave McKinley - Secretary
Weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures will be in excess of 38*C across NSW while the ACT is expected to reach temperatures exceeding 33*C.
All members should be aware of the dangers of heat stress please follow the links below for further information from SafeWork NSW on working in heat.
ETU members should take appropriate action depending on your individual health and work situation, including but not limited to taking regular breaks, conducting individual (personal) risk assessment and/or ceasing work completely.
Members should exercise extreme care as temperatures rise. If you have any questions about working in heat please contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.
Dave McKinley - Deputy Secretary
Unions NSW will be holding a lunchtime Workers Compensation rally outside NSW Parliament on 4 November 2016 at 12:30pm
The rally coincides with public hearings for the first review of the 2012 workers compensation changes.
Unions NSW has made an extensive submission to the Law and Justice Committee painting a horrifying picture of the scale of the devastation wreaked by the changes to workers compensation: from suicides to soup kitchens and everything in between.
At the rally on 4 November 2016 we will be hearing from injured workers and highlighting the harsh impact of the 2012 changes on the injured workers of NSW and their families.
There will also be regional events:
Wollongong - 31 October 2016
Orange - 2 November 2016
Newcastle - 3 November; and
A date for an event in Lismore is being finalised.
By keeping the pressure on the Government about workers comp we have won significant changes including more than doubling the medical cap and reducing the threshold for lifetime cover among other changes. This rally is an important part of our plan to keep winning improvements to the scheme.
Sydney Event Details:
Outside NSW Parliament, Macquarie St Sydney
12:30pm on Friday 4 November 2016
During 2014 Coca Cola experienced a substantial drop in volumes of product being manufactured, a substantially drop in profit and a dramatic drop in their Share price. ETU members have been fighting ever since – both to save jobs and to secure a decent EBA outcome.
Senior Management along with a new CEO analysed the national footprint of manufacturing plants around Australia to assess their on-going viability. The results of that review placed the Northmead Plant in NSW in serious jeopardy of plant closure displacing some 200 workers.
Negotiations for a new Supply Chain Enterprise Agreement commenced in the middle of management’s decision process, meaning, to save the plant and ETU jobs workers were faced with a wage reduction and a reduction in hours.
Initially, losses for some workers were around $20K to $25K going from 12hour shifts back to 8hr shifts and day work.
Negotiations involving all ETU Delegates in the Supply Chain managed to negotiate minimal losses for workers including redundancies, a lower set of pay rates for new starters. A zero % increase to current rates of pay for the first 18ths, with increases to rates of pay coming from reaching Production KPI targets in the last 18ths of the agreement.
Over 155 ETU members in Supply Chain, after understanding the likelihood of plant closure, voted overwhelming to accept the pain, accept the Agreement and maintain the longevity of the Production Plant.
Since their acceptance, the ETU and Management are working together to increase the volume at the Northmead Plant to recover the losses in working hours, and resume the 12hr 24/7 operations at the Plant.
Other Plants around Australia are now experiencing the same pain, with dramatic windback in hours and rates of pay at the Moorabin plant in Victoria and substantial industrial unrest over the enterprise agreement currently being negotiated at The Richlands Plant in Queensland.
A reduction in the normal operations is also being experienced in the Perth Plant.
These plants are under constant threat of closure or termination of their Enterprise Agreements taking rates of pay back to the Award.
ETU members throughout these tough times remain united and are working to recover the Business outcomes along with recovering their hard earnt Wages and Conditions.
Why should workers have to make the sacrifices when Management have, to a large degree, mis-managed the business, given their awareness of the ever increasing effects of competition in the Food and Beverage market place.
ETU Organiser Steve Robinson recently gave the Sydney manufacturing sector a health check declaring that the sector is likely to remain in intensive care in the immediate term.
Steve said the manufacturing in the aluminium and copper sector continues to suffer with job losses and plant closures highlighting that a local Penrith plant was forced to close in recent months. Other company’s facing challenges include Coca Cola and OI Glass – both of which operate glass manufacturing plants in Western Sydney.
“Coca Cola and OI Glass are both coming under pressure from off shore competition and just like the steel industry, glass is doing it tough too.” said Steve.
Manufacturing in the engineering and mining sectors continue to decline coming off the back of the mining down turn which has resulted in many companies being taken over or merged.
Things are somewhat better in the food manufacturing sector with fewer redundancies while these companies also continue to provide pay increases and some new apprentice opportunities.
Steve said that the NSW Government and Federal Government both had a lot to answer when it comes to industry support.
“In recent years we have watched as the NSW and Federal Governments have walked away from the Australian manufacturing sector.” said Steve
“Government support and contracts are no longer guaranteed with the vehicle manufacturing industry and submarine debacle being clear examples of how our government have deserted this sector.
“I keep hearing all of this nonsense that the China Free Trade Agreement will be good for Australia but all I can see is further off shoring of Australian jobs through the lack of government support.” said Steve.
Some of the impacts being felt by ETU members in the manufacturing sector include:
Reductions in Working Hours.
Employers negotiating Lower rates of Pay for new starters (two Tier System)
Reductions in Wages either from reduced Hours or Negotiations by the Employer
Reductions in Conditions of Employment
Wage Freezes for 12mths to 2 years in many instances.
Low wage increases below the State Government Wage Policy
IF YOU WORK IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND REQUIRE ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ETU ORGANISER STEVE ROBINSON ON 0414 877 581.
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.
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