Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

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.

Footy Tipping Comp 2017 - Win a week 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

 

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

The ETU NSW Branch has swung their support behind our Victorian brothers in their fight against Carlton & United Breweries after CUB contracted out the jobs of 54 electricians and fitters and offered the workers to reapply for their old jobs on 65% less pay.

The ETU NSW, AMWU and Unions NSW are hitting the streets tomorrow to raise awareness of this bastard act with members of the public. WE ARE ASKING ALL ETU MEMBERS TO ATTEND ONE OF THE ACTIONS OCCURING TOMORROW IN SYDNEY CBD, PARRAMATTA AND PENRITH.

We will be handing out flyer asking members of the public to boycott CUB products including VB. Details for each event can be found below - please click on the link for each event for full details.

SYDNEY CBD - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 1pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Salim Babar: 0417 286 482)

PARRAMATTA - CLICK HERE (Pitt St Mall, 12noon - 2pm Friday 12 August outside Myer handing out flyers. Contact Iris Knight 0429 464 064)

PENRITH - CLICK HERE (Penrith Plaza - Riley St 12noon - 2pm outside Westfield entry/exit handing out flyers. Contact Mary Yaager 0408 931 899)

 

Riverina Water Sparkies Claim a Victory

Paul Lister - Friday, August 05, 2016

ETU members at Wagga’s water supply authority Riverina Water took the fight up to council management during recent enterprise award negotiations by flexing their industrial muscle through industrial action. For the first time in living memory workers at Riverina Water had to resort to work bans and limitations to advance their wage claims which became bogged down by an obstinate and sometimes hamstrung management team. Long-time ETU delegate Andrew Clarke along with ETU Organiser Matt McCann led the negotiations on behalf of the Electricians, with Andrew playing a vital role in providing support and valuable background information through the process.

Negotiations commenced in late 2015 and involved other unions including the USU and LGEA. After many protracted and often laborious meetings the workers came to the conclusion in May this year that what was needed was a bit of old fashioned industrial argy bargy. In a refreshing change for the ETU Organiser the workers were able to rely on the tried and tested method of taking industrial action. A meeting was held, a report was given and the decision by the majority to take industrial action was made. No need for protected action ballots in this case as the workers are covered by NSW state industrial laws.

The council tried to ride out the overtime and on-call bans by pressuring some of the LGEA members to hold the fort so to speak. Whilst it was unfortunate that LGEA members were reluctant to participate in the industrial action, they did remain solid by not covering the call outs etc.

The attempt to ride it out by council blew up in their face big time after a water main burst over the weekend that ended up costing council a hell of a lot more money that they were trying penny pinch off the workers. With little choice available to the council after the workers escalated the industrial action the following week to introduce “wild cat” bans, we were in front of Commissioner Tabbaa in the NSW IRC who saw through the lame arguments put by the Local Government Association as to why we got to where we were. A conciliation process was entered into which saw a vastly improved offer put to the workers and whilst it was marginally short of the preferred outcome, it was finally accepted by the majority.

“We were originally stuck a fair way from where we wanted to be in regards to a wage outcome and if it wasn’t for the efforts of the blokes in taking a stand we would still be talking the legs off the chairs”. McCann said.

The final outcome saw the council eventually agree to roll over the existing agreement with a 2.8% wage increase in year 1 and 2.5% each year after that. The important thing was to lock in the existing conditions as council had sought a number of things back in this agreement and were negotiated and earned through previous award negotiations.