Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

ETU Contracting Industry Update February 2019

Peter Moss - Friday, February 01, 2019

STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT. IF UNWELL STOP WORKING

Peter Moss - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
A heatwave with record temperatures is predicted to hit Western Sydney and parts of NSW this week.

The ETU advises all members working in these conditions to have a heat plan for the workplace.

This should include identifying hazards, and where possible eliminating those hazards.

Where a hazard cannot be eliminated, it should be controlled. Where heat is a hazard, control measures can include:

• regular hydration with cool water
• more frequent rest breaks taken in cool places
• schedule work in the cooler parts of the day
• watch for signs of heat stress in yourself and others

If you feel unwell, stop working.

For more information, contact your ETU delegate or organiser

ETU Contracting Industry Update January 2019

Peter Moss - Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Ballot at Heyday, Star, Stowe, Fredon, Goldline, NCI & FIP for multi-enterprise agreement

Peter Moss - Monday, December 24, 2018

Message for Star Electrical members in Sydney

Peter Moss - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ETU Acting Assistant Secretary Ben Lister reports on material circulated by Star Electrical that appears to impersonate the union

New leadership team at ETU NSW

Peter Moss - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
11 December 2018

Dear member

I write to you today as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Electrical Trades Union.

Dave McKinley has decided to step down from his role as Secretary. At last night’s ETU State Council, I was unanimously endorsed as Branch Secretary of our great union. I am honored and privileged to be chosen to lead our union into the future.

After 28 years as an ETU member and official, I know many of you and I look forward to working had with you to improve the working conditions within our industry.

I entered the trade as an electrical apprentice at Tomago Aluminium in 1987. I served as an ETU delegate during some of the big industrial battles at the birth of enterprise bargaining.

In 2010 I became an ETU Organiser working out of Newcastle. In 2015 I was elected President of Hunter Workers. In 2016 I was elected ETU Assistant Secretary.

I’ve helped lead the union’s work across major sectors including Ausgrid, Essential Energy, generation and manufacturing. In 2017 I led our successful lobbying campaign to protect NSW electrical trades standards and security for apprentices.

Since my apprenticeship I’ve been proudly union. My commitment to the ETU and our members has never wavered.

My leadership team includes Ben Lister as ETU Assistant Secretary. Ben worked 15 years as an Ausgrid lineworker at West Gosford and was a delegate for most of that time. He was one of our key activists in the Your Rights at Work and Stop the Sell Off campaigns.

Since coming on board as an Organiser in 2014, Ben has worked with members in diverse industries including rail, manufacturing, distribution, solar, and construction and contracting. Ben is a skilled negotiator who was appointed a senior organiser in 2017.

Today we must build on those fine traditions while innovating for the challenges of the modern era. In recent years the ETU has embraced change in response to events such as the privatisation of the electricity sector. But we need to do more.

Under my leadership the ETU will deepen the Branch’s focus on growth. We must grow to build industrial and political power to achieve the best outcomes for all ETU members.

Our organising drive in construction and supply contracting has delivered strong early results. The ongoing success of these campaigns is essential to the future of the ETU, the integrity of our trade and the welfare of electrical workers everywhere.

I want to acknowledge and thank Dave McKinley for his many years of service to ETU members.

I look forward to working with you as we embrace the challenges ahead with optimism, courage, determination and unity.

In unity
Justin Page
Secretary ETU NSW

PS Please feel free to contact me on justinp@etunsw.asn.au

Construction industry Picnic Day 4 December 2018

Peter Moss - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

SAFETY ALERT: scissor MEWPs

Peter Moss - Wednesday, November 14, 2018
SAFETY ALERT —— scissor Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Following the death of a worker in 2014, the South Australian Coroner recommends that scissor lifts not be operated without a trained second person on the ground operating as a spotter.

See below for full list of related safety measures recommended by the ETU. If these measures are not implemented, the union recommends work should cease.

For more information, contact your ETU organiser

Launch of ETU Active for ETU Honorary Members

Peter Moss - Thursday, August 09, 2018

ETU Youth Meeting - June 14

Paul Lister - Monday, June 04, 2018

Come and join us on Thursday 14 June for pizza and beer and to talk about issues affecting electrical apprentices in the work place.

Come along and meet Tara Koot, the ETU's apprentice officer, have your say and meet other like minded electrical apprentices.