ETU Media Releases

ETU Media Releases

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

Essential Energy Slashes Regional Jobs

Bruce Fan - Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Apply for 2019 ETU Education Scholarships

Bruce Fan - Thursday, June 27, 2019

Apply here for 2019 ETU Education Scholarships

Each year the ETU NSW & ACT Branch awards six $2,000 Education Scholarships to assist with the costs of further education and training.

ETU Scholarships are available for study at diploma level or higher at any Australian tertiary institution, including TAFE and accredited training organisations. 

Financial ETU members, their spouses, partners, children and grandchildren are eligible to apply.

Print and return the application form by mail or email. Applications must reach the ETU by 5 pm Tuesday 30 July 2019.

For further information or assistance with your application, contact Peter Moss on (02) 9267 4844 or .

You can download the application from here

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!


Peter Moss - Friday, April 12, 2019

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.


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.


May Day March

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


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
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