Rail, Aviation and Transport

Rail, Aviation and Transport

ETU Newcastle Have Moved

Paul Lister - Monday, October 24, 2016

The ETU office is Newcastle has relocated to the following address:

Hunter Workers Building
Suite 4B
Ground Floor
406-408 King Street
Newcastle West  NSW  2302

Phone, fax and email remain unchanged:

Phone: 02 4968 2488
Fax: 02 4968 3466
Email: etunewcastle@etunsw.asn.au

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)

 

ETU Members Fighting For A Fair Outcome At ARTC

Paul Lister - Monday, August 08, 2016

ETU members working for the federal government enterprise – Australian Rail Track Corporation – commenced industrial action last week after negotiations for a new agreement stalled following 18 months of back and forth.

The combined unions, made up of the ETU, RTBU, ASU and Professionals Australia, are seeking a three-year agreement with no loss of conditions, fair pay increases of 4% p.a. and improvement to some working conditions, but the company has other ideas.

Last December the company circulated an agreement that was not supported by the combined unions including pay increases of just 2%. This management agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by the workforce with more than 80% of workers voting NO.

With management refusing to budge ETU and other union members were left with no option but to take clear and decisive action.

“Our members have been staunch throughout this process and the ETU has lead the way in demanding a fair outcome for workers at ARTC.” Said ETU organiser Ben Lister.

“Industrial action taken by workers from the combined unions has resulted in the cancelation of rail services across the Hunter Valley, other parts of NSW and sections of Victoria – all because management is not prepared to listen to their workforce.”

“This whole situation could be solved by management today.”

“That’s why the combined unions have called on the CEO of ARTC to sit down with us and listen to the needs of the workforce.” Ben said

Following a week of action and major disruptions to passenger and freight services, including the lucrative coal haulage business, ARTC CEO John Fullerton has agreed to meet with unions in Newcastle tomorrow.

The ETU remains hopeful that this dispute can be resolved and we will continue to provide updates for members.

 

 

CEPU/ETU 2015 Financial Accounts

Paul Lister - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2015.

By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in. Click here to access the CEPU/ETU 2015 financial report.

Macarthur Public Forum - Future of Education

Paul Lister - Monday, June 06, 2016

ETU members are invited to attend a public forum on the future of education covering TAFE and university. The forum will be held on Wednesday 15 June at the Campbelltown RSL, 1 Carberry Lane, Cambelltown at 7pm.

Please RSVP to: mstuart@actu.org.au

ETU Retired Members Campaign Events

Paul Lister - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Attn ETU Retired members - please see below a timetable of campaign events being organised and supported by the Unions NSW retired members committee. For more information contact Alison Rahill at Unions NSW tel 02 9881 5923 mob 0414 316 839 Email arahill@unionsnsw.org.au.

 

THURSDAY 12 MAY
LUNCHTIME 11:30am – 1:30pm International Nurses Day. Leafleting Medicare and Budget cuts Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd Concord. Meet at the big pedestrian crossing. (Bus to Concord Hospital from Strathfield train station 458 or 459).

SATURDAY 14 MAY
MORNING 9:00am – 12:00pm street stall and leafleting in front of the Five Dock Post Office 106 Great North Rd, Five Dock. Pat mobile 0418 616 858.

MORNING 9:00am – 11:00am street stall and leafleting sporting grounds Edwards Park Brewer St Concord.  Jill mobile 0414 231 959.

MONDAY 16 MAY
MORNING 7:30am – 9am Concord West train station and street stall.

TUESDAY 17 MAY
LUNCHTIME 1:00PM – 4PM meet at the Country train station North exit, we will travel together to Neutral Bay Jillian Skinners Office for an Aged Care protest. Return to AFTERNOON 3pm – 4:30pm Gonski action. Assemble Burwood Park corner Burwood Rd and Park St Burwood (opposite the entrance to Westfield, next to the War Memorial).

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY
AFTERNOON 3:30PM – 5:00PM Gonski action. Leafleting and street stall for Gonski in Strathfield Square opposite the Strathfield train station.

THURSDAY 19 MAY
MORNING 7:30AM – 9:00AM leafleting Homebush train station.

FRIDAY 20 MAY
MORNING 7:30AM – 9:00AM leafleting North Strathfield train station.

SATURDAY 21 MAY
AFTERNOON 1:30PM – 4:30PM Doorknocking union members meet at the Tigers Five Dock Corner Barnstaple Road and Ingham Ave, Five Dock.

SUNDAY 22 MAY
ALL DAY 10:00am – 2:00pm information stall at the Rhodes Bridge Opening, west of Rhodes train station in the Park near the new bridge.

MONDAY 23 MAY
MORNING 7:00am – 9:00am leafleting Strathfield train station.

TUESDAY 24 MAY
AFTERNOON 2:30pm – 4:30pm street stall and leafleting Croydon train station and in front of the Post Office 1 The Strand, Croydon. Jill mobile 0414 231 959.

THURSDAY 26 MAY
LUNCHTIME 11:30am – 1:30pm International Nurses Day. Leafleting Medicare and Budget cuts Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd Concord. Meet at the big pedestrian crossing. (Bus to Concord Hospital from Strathfield train station 458 or 459).

PLEASE NOTE: EXTRA CAMPAIGN MEETING MONDAY 30 MAY 10AM – 12 PM TRADES HALL

Downer Rail Workers send Management a Message

Paul Lister - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ETU and AMWU members at Downer Rail Maintenance in Auburn today voted overwhelmingly against a new agreement offered by management amid calls for management to do better.

Workers stood united and voted down managements offer which included a 3% wage increase and improvements to some conditions.

ETU Organiser Ben Lister said that today’s result sends a message to Downer management that it’s time to come to the table with an improved offer or risk alienating a loyal and highly skilled workforce.

“ETU and AMWU members sent management a clear message today when 78% of workers voted no to managements proposed agreement.” said Ben Lister.

“The ETU has been able to secure wage outcomes of 3.5% in the manufacturing sector and in my view a company like Downer can do better than what they were offering and our members deserve it.” Mr Lister said

“I have not heard from management directly but I have sent them a message that they have to improve their offer if they want to secure an agreement.

“I believe that Downer can sharpen the pencil a bit and I would expect any revised offer to be at least 3.5% plus the items we have already been able to extract as commitments from the company.” said Mr Lister.

After a two day negotiation lock-up the ETU and AMWU have already received the following commitments to:

  • Introduce an additional 10 minute break for shifts exceeding 8 hours in length
  • Modernize the Long Service Leave Clause
  • Salary top up for defence force service leave of up to 10 days per year
  • Increase redundancy payments for long term employees, and;
  • In an unprecedented move all employees covered by the agreement will receive a $75 Coles shopping voucher.

The ETU will head back to the negotiating table to secure an improved outcome for members.

Union Alliance Secures Apprentices' Futures

Paul Lister - Thursday, March 24, 2016

A union campaign has forced Qantas to backflip on a decision to sack its most recent group of graduating apprentices, with all twenty now being placed in aircraft maintenance engineering jobs in which they’re qualified.

The ETU and alliance unions the AMWU and AWU ran the campaign after Qantas originally only offered to find jobs for ten Brisbane based apprentices after the union alliance took Qantas to the Fair Work Commission.

The airline found positions for the final few union members on Monday after the Qantas Facebook page was inundated by complaint posts from people across Australia supporting the apprentices.

The union alliance revealed the sackings through the media just before Chief Executive Alan Joyce announced a record half-year profit of nearly $1 billion.

ETU Organiser Brad Currey said the original decision to axe the twenty apprentices who had just completed a four-year apprenticeship was farcical and cruel given that aviation experts predict a dire shortage of aircraft maintenance engineers over the next decade.

'Qantas have been embarrassed into reviewing a decision which was ill-considered, which took loyal employees for granted and undermined its own future capacity to maintain modern aircraft in Australia,' he said.

'We're pleased we've forced them to have a re-think, and we're pleased to have protected our members through placement in ongoing jobs.'