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The CEPU NSW Divisional Branch and the ETU of Australia, NSW branch recently held their quadrennial elections.

The Australian Electrical Commission conducted the election for the CEPU NSW Divisional Branch where the position of Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary was contested. Eligible members were issued with ballot papers and the ballot closed on Monday 24 August at 12 noon.

At the conclusion of counting and checking the AEC issued the formal declaration of results declaring Neville Betts elected to the position of CEPU Divisional Branch Assistant Secretary.

The NSW Electoral Commission conducted the election for the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, NSW Branch where the positions of Assistant Secretary and State Councillors representing Supply Authority were contested. Eligible members were issued with ballot papers and the ballot closed on Monday 24 August at 12 noon.

At the conclusion of counting and checking the NSW Electoral Commission issued the formal declaration of results declaring Dave McKinley elected to the position of ETU NSW Branch Assistant Secretary and the following members were elected to the position of State Councillor representing the Supply Authority (8): Graeme Paterson, Simon Davies, Neville Betts, Mark Buttigieg, Colin Waring, Noel Mahon, Steve Magann and Susan May.

Candidates for all other positions were declared elected unopposed.

Last Thursday ETU Organiser Justin Page was elected President of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council – soon to change their name to Hunter Unions.

Justin, who has been an organiser with the ETU for almost five years came off the tools at one of Newcastle’s largest employers, Tomago Aluminium and knows only too well the challenges facing workers across the Hunter Valley.

Justin will work closely with the Newcastle Trades Hall Secretary Daniel Wallace who recently said that the rebranding of the regional Labour Council to Hunter Unions will better represent the charter of the organisation which is to represent all workers in the five lower hunter local government areas.

The ETU is proud to have Justin elected to the position of President and we know he will work hard to improve the lives of workers in the region.

Do you have a work-related heating problem? Here’s how to get an assessment and make a claim.

A specialist’s report that identifies hearing loss caused by exposure to workplace noise enables you to make a workers compensation claim against current and past employers, if you have lost at least 6 percent of your hearing.

ACT and NSW workers compensation (including Comcare) provide for your doctor to refer you to an accredited specialist. In NSW the specialist can send you to an approved hearing aid provider.  Or you can contact the Union for a referral and assistance.

Under NSW or Comcare schemes, if you lodged a hearing claim pre-2012 with paid time off work, you are eligible for a replacement hearing aid through the insurer every five years.  If insurers deny a claim, contact the ETU. 

If the hearing claim did not involve paid time off work, or was made after 2012, then insurers are not liable to pay for hearing aids or services 12 months after the claim. The 2012 restrictions do not apply to ACT Comcare.

At the time of publishing, the NSW Government introduced changes to workers compensation that may alter the 2012 restrictions.

If you are older than the pension retirement age, you are not generally covered by workers compensation.

To claim a hearing aid:

  1. Contact the old employer or insurer using the original claim number.
  2. Wait for their response as you cannot do anything without it. Any further assessment must be done by a Workcover-approved hearing provider.
  3. If your claim is denied, the union can refer you to NewLaw for review.
  4. If you are over the pension retirement age, you can apply for a hearing aid through the Department of Health for hearing aids.  

More info: www.hearingservices.gov.au/

The ETU and CEPU have made recent changes to our privacy policy and terms and conditions. You can view our privacy policy and terms and conditions using the links provided.

The Abbott Government negotiated the terms of the China Free Trade Agreement in secret because it comes at the cost of local jobs, worker safety, workplace rights and community safety.

Next Monday we're rallying in Canberra to stop the China Free Trade Agreement and demand the Government renegotiate the deal in the interests of the community.

Use your lunch break to join the rally – more information in the attached flyer. RSVP here.

WHEN
August 10, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm

WHERE
Garema Place, Canberra
25 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia

The public is overwhelmingly against this deal and making our message heard is crucial to protecting local jobs. Invite your friends and colleagues. See you there.

Rally against ChAFTA

Posted on 17-7-2015

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.

You may have heard that just a few weeks ago Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed off on the China Free Trade Agreement that will allow Chinese based companies to import their own labour.

Abbott's free trade agreement also removes the requirement for mandatory skills assessment for ten occupations including: Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class), Automotive Electrician. ALL OTHER occupations will be reviewed within two years with the aim of reducing or eliminating the need for skills assessments.

The ETU is fighting to STOP THE CHINA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT by raising this as a public issue before two parliamentary committee's consider the issues. In order to come into effect these parliamentary committees must sign off on it.

TAKE ACTION TODAY - visit the Australian Unions website and email your MP

To download a copy of the election notice please click here.

Are you concerned about a workmate or are you struggling yourself with changes at work? There are many services available that can provide assistance.

Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au
Sane Australia: www.sane.org
Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au

WorkCover NSW as the body responsible for workplace safety in NSW have release online videos relating to electrical safety in the workplace. Electricity is a constant hazard in many workplaces and workers who work on or near electricity are at risk of shocks, burns, other serious injuries or even death.

ETU members across NSW should take the time to review WorkCover's electrical safety information which can be viewed on the WorkCover NSW website.