Rail, Aviation and Transport

Rail, Aviation and Transport

ETU's Justin Page Elected President of Newcastle Trades Hall

Paul Lister - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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.

How to claim for hearing loss and hearing aids

Paul Lister - Thursday, August 20, 2015

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/

Changes to Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions

Paul Lister - Friday, August 07, 2015

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.

ETU Canberra Rally to Stop the China Free Trade Agreement

Paul Lister - Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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

Paul Lister - Friday, July 17, 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.

Stop the China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Paul Lister - Thursday, July 16, 2015

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

CEPU NSW Divisional Branch Election Notice

Paul Lister - Monday, July 06, 2015

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

Look out for yourself and your work mates

Paul Lister - Friday, June 19, 2015

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 Electrical Safety Information

Paul Lister - Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

Incident Update: High Voltage Oil Insulated Fuse Switch Units

Paul Lister - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Further to the ETU Notice issued on 11 February below is an update on the fatal incident that occurred in Western Australia on 3 February involving High Voltage Oil Insulated Fuse Switch Units.

Please read and understand the resolution carried by the NSW ETU State Council relating to this matter and subsequent bans relating to work on this equipment.

Click here for the latest WA EnergySafety media release and link to WA EnergySafety's preliminary findings and Work Orders.

All NSW ETU members should read the above information and be aware of the dangers this equipment may present. It is also important for all NSW ETU members to read and understand the resolution adopted by your state council as outlined below restricting work on oil insulated fuse switch units across NSW and the ACT.

Resolution on the Galleria Shopping centre incident on 3 February 2015 (Morley, WA) that resulted in two fatalities and seriously injured two others.

1. The ETU calls upon all employers and electrical safety regulators to conduct immediate safety audits in all workplaces where high voltage oil insulated fuse switch units are in operation; and

2. The NSW Branch of the ETU implements a live work ban on Long and Crawford / GEC / ALSTOM high voltage oil insulated fuse switch units (eg GF3, T4GF3 etc).

3. The NSW Branch of the ETU implement bans on any operating work (such as checking and/or changing of high voltage fuses in fuse switches of this type of equipment) without the high voltage feeder being de-energised into the fuse switch.

Further information is available below:

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates for members.