Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Update on Deep Space Centre EBA negotiations forrom ETU organiser Mick Koppie

Peter Moss - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
ETU organiser Mick Koppie reports:

Another day in the ditches fighting it out with the forces of evil.

Members of ETU, AMWU and Professionals Australia gathered in front of the guard hut at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex today from 13:30 to 14:30 as one in a series of one-hour stoppages.

We have been trying to negotiate an agreement for over 12 months with CSIRO. They realise under the “umbrella” of CSIRO and the Federal Government bargaining standards we are getting nowhere.


They have said in newsletters that we are making “good progress” and “reaching agreement” on a number of clauses. How are we reaching agreement – well, take away or modify 35 clauses then restore some of them reaching agreement.

Two weeks ago we decided that the existing overtime ban was not improving CSIRO negotiating skills. We know this is driven from the top down – Michaelia Cash is the responsible Minister. Responsible is using the term very loosely.

Members decided to up the ante and add to the overtime ban with daily one -hour stoppages. These were to lead up to the NASA launch – 17th April. It was thought CSIRO would have sensible discussions by then. They haven’t.

The big crunch is coming – a launch in the US tomorrow will be interrupted by another site stoppage at 13:30. Members will be sitting on the grass outside the front gate enjoying chips and dip.

On Wednesday, after the launch and stoppage, Members will be presenting Management with a notice of dispute. This will be to further assist them in negotiating skills.

This dispute is a glowing example of broken rules. Management, by negotiation, changed shift arrangements at the site as per the EBA. Members had to go with the changes because they were “consulted”.

In the meantime, the modest log of claims was completely ignored, and multiple changes introduced. The unions had to apply to Fair Work and get a ballot to vote to take industrial action but with five days’ notice. No level playing field here.

Join ETU Secretary Dave McKinley for May Day 2018

Bruce Fan - Friday, March 16, 2018

All ETU members, supporters and family and friends are invited to May Day 2018.

The Sydney event meets at 11 am, Sunday 6 May, Hyde Park North.

Details of Newcastle and Wollongong events will be posted soon.


Opportunity for licensed electricians with domestic experience to work under a union EBA

Peter Moss - Thursday, March 15, 2018
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City FM Meetings

Paul Lister - Monday, March 12, 2018

ETU Organiser Steve Bankes will be conducting a number of meetings for employees of City FM regarding the upcoming EBA negotiations and any other workplace issues that may exist.

The following meetings have been arranged:

  • Wednesday 14 March - 6am til 7.30am Edmondson Park McDonalds, 1952-1982 Camden Valley Way
  • Thursday 15 March - 6am til 7.30am Thornleigh McDonalds, 218-226 Pennant Hills Road
  • Tuesday 20 March - 6am til 7.30am Starbucks Mt Druitt, Mt Druitt Shopping Centre, Carlisle Ave

Additional meetings will be organised over the coming weeks. If you have any workplace issues or would like to discuss the upcoming EBA negotiations please feel free to contact Steve Bankes on 0414 877 553 or email sbankes@etunsw.com.au

 

SAFETY ALERT - TAKATA AIRBAGS

Paul Lister - Friday, March 02, 2018

Dear ETU Members.

Product Safety Australia, a division of the Commonwealth Governments Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, this week issued a product recall relating to Takata Airbags. This recall is compulsory due to significant safety risks and affects a large number of car makes and models and a small number of motor cycles.

THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

If your employer has any of the affected vehicles in their fleet you should first contact your supervisor to find out if the mandatory recall work has been completed or to report that your vehicle is impacted by the product recall.

The ACCC has advised the following:

It is critical that owners of cars with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of the significant risk of injury or death involved in using cars with these airbags. All other consumers whose vehicles are on the full recall list are urged to arrange for the replacement of Takata airbags in their vehicles as soon as possible due to the safety risks involved in the use of these vehicles.

If you have any issues arising in the workplace relating to the operation of affected vehicles please immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.

In Unity,
Dave McKinley
Secretary

KONE LIFT WORKERS WIN AGAIN

Peter Moss - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
SITE ALLOWANCE BOOSTED BY UP TO $5 PER HOUR

Most Sydney Kone lift workers will enjoy pay rises of up to $5 per hour thanks to a new site allowance matrix voted up today.

The boost comes on top of the 16 per cent wage increase won by Kone employees in a hard-fought EBA campaign last year.

Around 170 lift technicians and fitters working in the company’s installation and modernisation sections will receive the higher rates from February.



The new site allowance varies between $2 per hour, for projects valued under $10 million, to $7 per hour, for contracts over $700 million. This replaces current rates of $1.76 per hour.

Union members won the higher rates after the Federal Government’s building watchdog rejected a site allowance clause in Kone’s recently-negotiated EBA.

ETU organiser Steve Bankes said the new matrix ‘is a first for the industry’ because site allowance now sits within the Kone enterprise agreement.

‘This sets the standard not just for lift companies but for other electrical employers across NSW,’ said Steve.

‘In future negotiations, we will push to extend similar standards throughout the industry.’



Steve said the outcome reflects the strength of union members at Kone.

‘When you join your union and stick together, you get results. Congratulations to our members at Kone,’ he said.

ETU Christmas & New Year Office Hours

Paul Lister - 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

Paul Lister - 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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE.

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Change the Rules Rally - 16 November

Paul Lister - 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

Paul Lister - Friday, November 03, 2017