Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

Unions NSW Workers Comp Rally - Friday 4 November

- Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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

Endeavour Energy Incident Update

- Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Yesterday two of our colleagues from Endeavour Energy were injured, one of them very seriously in an electrical accident at Aird. The accident occurred during an attempted disconnection of a mobile generator at a kiosk type substation. Initial enquiries indicate that the accident relates to the process involved in connecting and disconnecting generators on to LIVE Low Voltage Boards at substations.

This is an extremely serious safety matter and as a result of the accident the ETU is placing a blanket ban on all connection and disconnection of mobile generators to LIVE Low Voltage boards. Until further notice, any such procedures must only be carried out with the Low Voltage Board de-energised – no exceptions.  All members are expected to observe this important safety precaution.

The ETU has been in discussions with Endeavour Energy management who have advised that the company will be putting out a safety alert to similar effect.

In the meantime I speak for all members and say that our thoughts and well wishes go out to our injured colleagues and we hope they make a full and speedy recovery. At this time all members are reminded to always take the most conservative approach when it comes to safety – if in doubt, don’t do it until there is no doubt.

We will keep you informed of developments as they occur. In the meantime if you have any questions please call either myself of Anthony O’Sullivan (acting for Brad Currey) on the contact details below.

In Unity,
0417 208 447 / markb@etunsw.asn.au

0467 565 902 / anthonyo@etunsw.asn.au

ETU NSW throws financial support behind sacked CUB workers

- 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

- Monday, August 15, 2016

ETU NSW Supports Sacked CUB Workers

- 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)


IPART Publish Employement Guarantee's Reporting Manual

- Monday, February 08, 2016

The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal today published their final reporting manual for Network Operators – Ausgrid, TransGrid and Endeavour Energy in relation to the operation of the employment protection guarantees as provided for in legislation following privatisation.

IPART sought feedback from stakeholders earlier this year and following a detailed submission the ETU secured some changes to the final reporting manual to ensure member’s rights are fully protected and adhered to.

In addition to the ETU, network providers also made submissions. Links to each of these submissions and the final version of the reporting manual can be found below.

This manual outlines how the employment guarantees are to work and the reporting requirements that each network operator’s is required to abide by.

Extreme Heat Forcast for NSW

- Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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

All members must be aware of the dangers of heat stress and familiarise themselves with the unions working in heat policy (2003), your employer’s heat management policy and 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: 


Continuous work with normal breaks.


Minimum 15-minute break per hour worked.


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).


Please use these links to access a full copy of the ETU Working in Heat policy (2003)Workcover 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.

NSW Government tables Annual Reports

- Friday, December 04, 2015

On 18 November the NSW Government tabled the Annual Reports for NSW State Owned Corporations in the NSW Parliament. A list of annual reports that may be of interest to ETU members can be found below.

An Analysis of the NSW electricity distribution and transmission sectors show that these businesses remain highly profitable and provided a combined cash distribution to the NSW Government of $1.5 billion in dividends and tax equivalent payments.



After Tax Profit $420.1 million
Govt Distributions $589.7 million
Total Borrowings $9.03 billion

Endeavour Energy

After Tax Profit $243.6 million
Govt Distributions $270.8 million
Total Borrowings $3.98 billion

Essential Energy

After Tax Profit $266.3 million
Govt Distributions $248.8 million
Total Borrowings $4.79 billion


After Tax Profit $203.0 million
Govt Distributions $306.5 million
Total Borrowings $2.87 billion

These annual reports show important figures including overall profitability, government distributions (dividends and tax equivalent payments), overall company asset vales and liabilities including borrowings.

Government response to Electricity Inquiry

- Friday, December 04, 2015

On Tuesday 1 December the NSW Government provided their response (as required under legislation) to the NSW Upper House Inquiry into the leasing of NSW Electricity Network Assets.

Click here to read a summary of the Inquiry's recommendations and findings as published in June.

Click here to read the full version of the Inquiry's report as published in June.

Click here to read a copy of the Government response to the Inquiry as published on 1 December.

IMPORTANT: Assistance for Members

- Friday, October 23, 2015

Many ETU members are currently facing an uncertain future as a result of significant change in their workplace. The ETU will continue to represent members and fight to protect jobs right across NSW and the ACT by taking all possible action.

We also recognise that this is a difficult time for members and their family. It is important that we all keep an eye out for each other – look out for your work mates and reach out if you think someone may be facing difficulties.

If you or someone you know is struggling please make use of all available resources. We have provided details below for a number of professional organisations that may be able to assist. If you would prefer to call the union please do so and we can put you on contact with trained professionals to assist you and your family.

Professional Support Services

LIFELINE: 13 11 14 / www.lifeline.org.au

BEYOND BLUE: 1300 224 636 / www.beyondblue.org.au

SANE AUSTRALIA: 1800 187 263 / www.sane.org

HEADSPACE YOUTH SERVICES: 1800 650 890 / www.headspace.org.au