Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

ETU Christmas & New Year Office Hours

- Thursday, December 07, 2017

The ETU office will be closed between 21 December 2017 and 2 January 2018 – for emergency workplace matters during this period please contact your workplace delegate or email davem@etunsw.com.au and an ETU official will make contact with you.

Over the holiday period the ETU will be operating with a reduced staff complement to facilitate annual leave. If your organiser is not contactable during this period please call the ETU office on 02 9267 4844 and your enquiry will be directed to an official or officer of the union.

We would like to wish all members a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday period.

Get Your Tickets! ETU Construction Picnic Day

- Thursday, November 23, 2017

The ETU Construction & Contracting Picnic Day is being held on Monday 4 December - financial ETU members and their families are invited to come along and enjoy an affordable day out. Tickets available online, from your delegate, ETU organiser or the ETU Sydney Office.


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Change the Rules Rally - 16 November

- Monday, November 13, 2017

Join us 11.30am Thursday 16 November - Belmore Park, Sydney (near Central Station).

Are you 30yrs or younger? Join us for ETU Youth

- Friday, November 03, 2017


Peter Moss - Thursday, November 02, 2017
Around 80 lift workers employed by Thyssenkrupp are set for three years of big increases to wages and super.

The gains come in a new agreement accepted in principle by ETU members today.

The EBA will deliver:
• a 12% pay rise over three years
• superannuation boosted from 10% to 12%
• MERT redundancy payments up from $66 to $74.

ETU organiser Steve Bankes said: 'This is a great outcome for our lift technicians in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

'Our members won significant significantly improved wages and superannuation without taking industrial action.

'Management wanted to avoid a protracted dispute such as we saw recently at Kone.

'The lesson is that strong and determined workers organised in the union have a huge advantage.

'When we stick together we win,' said Steve.

A draft EBA will be sent to Thyssenkrup employees over the next few weeks, to be voted on by a mass meeting of ETU members.


Peter Moss - Thursday, October 12, 2017


ETU action today saw a Prohibition Notice issued to contractor Stowe Australia after a worker received an electric shock at Barangaroo yesterday.

Faulty wiring installed by unlicensed electricians caused the shock, regulator SafeWork NSW found.

The Notice bans all work on mounted power points in the affected area until new systems, including supervision, are in place.

The incident is just the latest safety breach on the massive Barangaroo site under builder Lend Lease.

ETU organiser Fred Barbin called on Stowe to properly train workers in the required temporary wiring standard AS 3012.

‘The ETU will continue to actively monitor the Barangaroo site to ensure workers can go home safely,’ said Fred.


Electricians again walk off $200m Opera House renovation over safety fears followings asbestos tests

- Friday, October 06, 2017

Electrical workers this morning stopped work on the $200 million renovation of the Sydney Opera House, refusing to continue with the installation of cabling through the iconic building after receiving confirmation that potentially-deadly friable asbestos had again been located in work areas.

Scientific testing of samples collected yesterday were this morning confirmed to contain friable asbestos, sparking a meeting of electrical workers where they decided to walk off the job immediately until the serious safety issue was resolved.

The incident is the second time in two months that asbestos concerns have halted renovation works on the iconic building, with the Electrical Trades Union demanding the safety regulator and NSW Government intervene to ensure the issue is resolved.

“This issue was first identified two months ago, with SafeWork NSW giving builder Laing O'Rourke a weak slap on the wrist. The company had seven days to remove the asbestos or eliminate the threat to workers through appropriate safety measures and have clearly failed to do so,” ETU secretary Dave McKinley said.

“Electricians yesterday raised the alarm that they were again being exposed to loose asbestos fibres, which has now been confirmed by scientific testing.

“Two months after this major safety issue was uncovered, and the builder was ordered to rectify it by the safety regulator, we have again seen workers exposed to these carcinogenic fibres.”

Mr McKinley said the union was demanding the NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Keen, immediately launch an investigation as to why SafeWork NSW refuses to impose a prohibition notice on Laing O'Rourke, which would prevent any construction work from taking place in the contaminated areas until the asbestos was isolated and removed by specialist contractors.

“It is completely unacceptable that workers, performers and the general public continue to be exposed to a toxic substance at this iconic building, particularly as the builder is receiving $200 million from taxpayers to carry out the renovations,” he said.

“Electricians have made a decision to put their safety first, despite the fact that Laing O'Rourke previously threatened to have them prosecuted in the Fair Work Commission after accusing them of taking unlawful industrial action when they last stopped work over asbestos concerns.

“It’s pretty clear the system is broken when workers are threatened with legal action for refusing to expose themselves to a deadly substance like asbestos, yet the safety regulator seems unwilling to ensure the builder is abiding by workplace health and safety laws.

“The NSW Government need to get off their backsides, take responsibility for this serious issue, and ensure that all asbestos is removed from the Opera House.”


They Weren't Asking for Much

- Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Peter Moss - Monday, September 25, 2017
ETU member ‘Diamond Dave’ Toussaint has fought his way from wiring construction sites to conquering the Australian middleweight boxing title.

The Canberra sparkie clinched the vacant champion’s belt earlier this month. He dominated Queenslander Liam Hutchinson for six rounds before the fight was stopped.

Diamond Dave led comfortably on all scorecards when his opponent was badly cut in an accidental head clash.

The Capital Fight Night earlier this month was sponsored by the Electrical Trades Union.

A ringside table of ETU construction members and officials cheered the power-punching southpaw on his way to the national title.

Dave Toussaint, who fights in the ETU blue and gold, thanked the union during his victory speech.

Trained by CFMEU organiser Garry Humphries, Dave’s next bout is likely to be on 25 November in Brisbane on Jeremy Horn’s undercard.

Dave was an Electrogroup apprentice before working for contractor Fredon. His professional record stands at 12-0.

Fellow ETU member Felipe Ferreira fought and lost on points on the Capital Fight Night undercard, taking his record to 6-3.

Thanks to Justin's Photo Works for the image.


Peter Moss - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kone lift workers have won a 16 per cent pay rise thanks to an incredible six-week campaign that demonstrates the power of union solidarity.

Around 200 Kone employees voted today to end industrial action and accept in principle a much-improved company offer.

Victory on the key union demand of 16 per cent higher pay came after 26 days of strike action.

Workers will soon receive a 5 per cent increase backdated to March with instalments of 4.5, 4.5 and 2 per cent to follow.

The 3.5-year agreement will be subject to a formal vote in around two weeks (see below). Other notable gains include:

• additional 0.25% super, taking employer contributions to 12.25 %
• all allowances increase in line with pay
• vehicle allowance paid to all with Kone vehicles
• significant increases to site allowance.

The breakthrough came after ETU and AMWU members took five four-day and one six-day stoppages over six weeks.

The company tried to push through an inferior offer last week but employees strongly rejected that and responded with a full week of strike action. That saw management cave in and increase the wages offer by 4 per cent.

The lift technicians and fitters lost a lot of pay but stuck together throughout to achieve a greater gain. Veteran unionists say this is the best result from a Kone industrial campaign in many years.