General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Workers left in limbo vote no-confidence in Council CEO

Peter Moss - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ETU members have backed a no-confidence vote in Central Coast Council CEO Rob Noble and his executive team.

The vote by 600 Council workers came after 15 months of inaction from Noble and his crew. Noble was appointed by the NSW Government following a forced amalgamation in 2015.

Noble has failed to solve or address key issues affecting all workers formerly employed by Gosford and Wyong Councils.

ETU organiser Brad McDougall said that Council electricians still don’t know whether their jobs are secure or at what rates they will be paid.

‘Rob Noble and his senior managers seem to be treading water until September, when the first elections for the new Council will take place,’ said Brad.

‘They refuse to make decisions on matters such as salary harmonisation that are central to our members’ interests.’

More than a year into the amalgamation process, 85 per cent of Council’s workers have not been appointed to permanent roles.

‘The only permanent appointments so far are the senior management positions. Meanwhile ETU members and other employees are facing great stress and uncertainty,’ said Brad.


APPLY NOW - ETU 2017 Education Scholarships

Paul Lister - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

ETU Footy Tipping Comp 2017 - Win a week away at the ETU Holiday Cabins

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 02, 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.

CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE ETU FOOTY TIPPING COMP HOME PAGE.

The competition password is: Electric

In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.

In Unity,

Dave McKinley - Secretary

National Fight Back Rally - 9 March

Paul Lister - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Working in Heat

Paul Lister - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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.

SAFEWORK NSW HEAT RELATED ILLNESS

SAFEWORK NSW HOT & COLD ENVIRONMENTS

SAFEWORK NSW MANAGING THE WORK ENVIRONMENT CODE OF PRACTICE

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.

In unity,

Dave McKinley - Deputy Secretary

 

  

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.”