ETU Media Releases

ETU Media Releases

For media enquiries please contact George Houssos on 0418 655 682 or Tim Vollmer on 0404 273 313

Annual General Meeting of the ETU NSW

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Annual General Meeting of the ETU NSW

The Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Trades Union, NSW Barnch, will be held on Monday 3 June 2018, at the Union’s Office.

Level 5, 370 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Commencing at 4.30pm.

All members are invited to attend.

You’re invited to our ETU Youth meeting Thursday 30 May

Peter Moss - Thursday, May 23, 2019
Come along to our jam packed ETU Youth meeting next Thursday evening! 4.30-6.30pm at ETU head office on Pitt Street.
We have Nick Bligh construction organiser presenting a draft log of claims for Electrogroup and NECA agreements. He will also explain the process and what to expect in the coming months.

Daniel from EISS will help you gain some more understanding of your superannuation and help you decide how to best manage your money.

There will be reports from Tara Koot Apprentice Organiser and Secretary Justin Page.

If anyone is interested in applying for ETU Apprentice of the Year and going to America in October we can help you with your application.

Or you might just want to come along have a beer and some pizza and network with other electrical workers. Hope to see you all there!

MAY DAY IN SYDNEY, WOLLONGONG AND NEWCASTLE

Peter Moss - Friday, April 12, 2019
MAY DAY IN SYDNEY, WOLLONGONG & NEWCASTLE

May Day 2019 takes on added significance just days before the federal election. Join us at your local May Day Rally and let's change the government to Change the Rules.

SYDNEY HAS TWO EVENTS

May Day Family Fun Day

11 am Sunday 5 May
Hyde Park North

Speakers: Sally Manus, ACTU & Mark Morey, Unions NSW
Free food, rides & entertainment

Change the Rules May Day Rally

11 am Wednesday 1 May
Belmore Park

We encourage members to take authorised leave, such as RDOs or annual leave, to attend this event.

WOLLONGONG

May Day March

10 am Saturday 4 May
Assemble Lowden Square (eastern side of Wollongong Rail)

NEWCASTLE

Change the Rules May Day Rally

12 noon Wednesday 1 May
Civic Park

Join us for May Day Rallies on May 1 & 5

Peter Moss - Tuesday, April 09, 2019
May Day 2019 takes on added significance just days before the federal election. Join us at two May Day Rallies and let's change the government to Change the Rules.
On Wednesday 1 May we meet at Belmore Park at 11 am. The ETU encourages members and supporters to take authorised leave, such as RDOs or annual leave, to attend this event.

Then on Sunday 5 May our traditional May Day Family Fun Day kicks off at 11 am in Hyde Park North. Bring your friends and family to hear ACTU leader Sally McManus, Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey plus free food, rides and entertainment.

Stop the Sell Off Sydney Trains

Bruce Fan - Monday, March 18, 2019

ETU Sydney Trains organiser Anthony O'Sullivan call for activists to Stop the Sell Off campaign.

WestConnex workers evacuated again from tunnel following generator failure, burst water pipe

Peter Moss - Thursday, February 07, 2019
More than 300 workers were this morning evacuated from sections of the WestConnex motorway tunnels following issues with a generator that provides power to the project, along with a broken water pipe.

It is the second time this week that work has been delayed on the project, with the first incident requiring more than 200 electricians to down tools after raw sewerage overflowed from a portable toilet block into the tunnel.

Electrical Trade Union officials have again attended the site today, with workers involved in the latest evacuation reporting concerns about confusion with the evacuation procedure, which could have dire consequences if a life-threatening incident took place.

ETU Secretary Justin Page said it was very concerning that multiple safety incidents forcing the mass evacuation of workers in the tunnel had taken place this week.

“This is a $16.8 billion infrastructure project, it’s the biggest infrastructure project in the state, yet basic health and safety systems appear to be repeatedly failing, delaying work on the project and putting workers at risk,” Mr Page said.

“One incident might be bad luck, but when each day seems to bring another serious issue, it raises valid questions about how the NSW Government is managing this project.

“In the latest incident, more than 300 workers had to evacuate at about 9.45am when there were issues with the generators that provides power to the tunnels.

“Earlier this week, more than 200 workers had to be removed from the tunnel after raw sewerage leaked from a portable toilet block, running through a section of the tunnel.

“Following both incidents, workers have reported concerns to the union about problems with the evacuation procedures, along with a lack of effective communication from management, which they fear could have deadly consequences if the evacuation was for a life-threatening emergency.

“Not only are these incidents putting the health and safety of workers at risk, each time a major incident stops work on this major infrastructure project it further pushes back the completion date, impacting the hundreds of thousands of motorists who are waiting for it to open.

“The Berejiklian Government need to get off their hands and start taking action to ensure this project can be completed safely and on time.”

Media contacts: George Houssos 0418 655 682 or Tim Vollmer 0404 273 313

Overflowing raw sewerage halts work on WestConnex

Peter Moss - Wednesday, February 06, 2019
MEDIA RELEASE
Wednesday 6 February 2019
Overflowing sewerage halts work on WestConnex


Work on the electrical fitout of the WestConnex motorway tunnels in Sydney’s inner west has been hit by further delays after raw sewerage overflowed from portable toilets at Haberfield, forcing hundreds of workers to down tools.

More than 200 electricians were forced to halt work following the sewerage leak.

Electrical Trade Union officials this morning met with electricians on the project to investigate their reports of unsafe and inadequate amenities on the $16.8 billion motorway project.

Workers at the meeting also raised a range of other health and safety concerns regarding conditions inside the tunnel, including: poorly maintained access and egress, limited lighting and signage, inconsistent and ad hoc evacuation instructions, and a lack of effective communication.

ETU Secretary Justin Page said union officials this morning carried out inspections of a number of areas of the tunnel, in particular examining the health and safety implications of inadequate and unhygienic amenities.

“Our members are doing their best to get this massive infrastructure project finished, but it’s impossible to do their job when they are being exposed to raw sewerage because management can’t even ensure they have access to functional amenities,” Mr Page said.
“More than 200 electricians were left with no option but to down tools, with their employer sending them home due to the unhygienic and unsafe presence of raw sewerage in their workplace.

“It is absolutely incomprehensible that the state’s biggest infrastructure project, which is costing taxpayers $16.8 billion, can’t even manage to have working toilets.

“It’s time for the Berejiklian Government to put an end to their hands-off management of these massive infrastructure projects and take charge to ensure the health and safety or workers is protected.

“The reason so many of these major infrastructure projects have seen delays, cost blowouts, and serious safety issues is because the NSW Government refuses to actually take responsibility, instead leaving it to private contractors who have proven they are unable or unwilling to manage these projects safely.”

Media contacts: ​George Houssos 0418 655 682 or Tim Vollmer 0404 273 313

Sydney Change The Rules Rally. 12 noon, Tuesday 23 October, Belmore Park

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, October 09, 2018


National Door-knock by Union NSW

Bruce Fan - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

National Door-knock Reid

Join us in the Reid federal electorate by click the link above

When 4 out of 5 Australian Workers have not had pay rise in the last 12 months, you know the rules around work are broken.

When Scott Morrison and the Liberals cut Penalty Rates for some of our most lowly paid workers and then moves to give the Big Banks a $17 Billion dollar tax cut, you know the rules are broken.

When Craig Laundy, your Federal Member of Parliament in the seat of Robertson recieves a $5000 pay rise this year but votes 8 times to cut the pay packet of local workers that depend on penalty rates to the tune of $70 per week, you know the rules are broken.

So when the rules are broken - the only question is will you be part of the conversation to Change the Rules?

Union members across the country are coming together on the first day of spring to do what we do best, change the conversation in our community to highlight sprialling out of control living expenses and why Aussie workers deserve a pay rise!

National Door-knock Robertson

Join us in the Robertson federal electorate by click the link above

When 4 out of 5 Australian workers have not had a pay rise in the last 12 months, you know the rules around work are broken.

When Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals cut penalty rates for over 5600 workers on the Central Coast yet is campaigning to give the Big Banks a $17 Billion dollar tax cut, you know the rules are broken.

When Lucy Wicks, your Federal Member of Parliament in the seat of Robertson recieves a $5000 pay rise this year but votes 8 times to cut the pay packet of local workers that depend on penalty rates to the tune of $70 per week, you know the rules are broken.

So when the rules are broken - the only question is will you be part of the conversation to Change the Rules?

Union members across the country are coming together on the first day of spring to do what we do best, change the conversation in our community to highlight sprialling out of control living expenses and why Aussie workers deserve a pay rise!


The launch of ETU Active

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dear Honorary Member, 

I write to invite you to the launch of ETU Active, our new organisation for retired ETU activists.

ETU Active is one of the most exciting initiatives our union has taken in recent years.

The concept came from Honorary Members who told us they want to make an ongoing contribution to the ETU’s campaigns.

‘We have the experience, the skills and the fire-in-the-belly: give us a role’ – that is the message from many of our retired members.

ETU Active is, as the name suggests, a campaigning group that will allow our Honorary Members to play an active support role in the union’s key campaigns, whether industrial or political.

We are confident ETU Active will strengthen the ETU’s capacity to campaign effectively for our members and the future of our trade.

If that interests you, please try and attend the launch of ETU Active, where you’ll hear ETU Life Member John Robertson and Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey.

Please RSVP to joannet@etunsw.com.au or on 9267 4844. If you are unable to attend but want to stay in touch with ETU Active please also let us know so that keep you informed of ETU Active news and events.

I look forward to seeing all of you, if not at the launch, at our Honorary Members luncheons later this year.

In solidarity

Dave McKinley

ETU Secretary