General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing
ETU members have backed a no-confidence vote in Central Coast Council CEO Rob Noble and his executive team.
The vote by 600 Council workers came after 15 months of inaction from Noble and his crew. Noble was appointed by the NSW Government following a forced amalgamation in 2015.
Noble has failed to solve or address key issues affecting all workers formerly employed by Gosford and Wyong Councils.
ETU organiser Brad McDougall said that Council electricians still don’t know whether their jobs are secure or at what rates they will be paid.
‘Rob Noble and his senior managers seem to be treading water until September, when the first elections for the new Council will take place,’ said Brad.
‘They refuse to make decisions on matters such as salary harmonisation that are central to our members’ interests.’
More than a year into the amalgamation process, 85 per cent of Council’s workers have not been appointed to permanent roles.
‘The only permanent appointments so far are the senior management positions. Meanwhile ETU members and other employees are facing great stress and uncertainty,’ said Brad.
In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2016.
By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in.
The ETU offer six general scholarships every single year with each scholarship valued at $2,000. These scholarships are available to ETU members, their children and their grandchildren. To qualify, you must be enrolled in studies in an approved course at a registered training organisation at diploma level or higher.
To apply for one of six annual general scholarships download the application form. Conditions apply (see application form). Applications are being accepted for 2017 and close at 4.30pm Friday 30 June, 2017. Successful applicants to be notified by 31 July, 2017.
With the footy season gearing up the ETU Footy Tipping Comp is now open for people to join. Try your hand a tipping your weekly favourites and get you workmates to join in the fun.
We will again be giving away periodical prizes through the season based on weekly results while the overall competition winner will receive one free week accommodation at the ETU Holiday Cabins at Nambucca Heads on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
The competition password is: Electric
In order to be awarded a prize participants must be financial members of the ETU NSW and ACT Branch.
Dave McKinley - Secretary
Weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures will be in excess of 38*C across NSW while the ACT is expected to reach temperatures exceeding 33*C.
All members should be aware of the dangers of heat stress please follow the links below for further information from SafeWork NSW on working in heat.
ETU members should take appropriate action depending on your individual health and work situation, including but not limited to taking regular breaks, conducting individual (personal) risk assessment and/or ceasing work completely.
Members should exercise extreme care as temperatures rise. If you have any questions about working in heat please contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser.
Dave McKinley - Deputy Secretary
Unions NSW will be holding a lunchtime Workers Compensation rally outside NSW Parliament on 4 November 2016 at 12:30pm
The rally coincides with public hearings for the first review of the 2012 workers compensation changes.
Unions NSW has made an extensive submission to the Law and Justice Committee painting a horrifying picture of the scale of the devastation wreaked by the changes to workers compensation: from suicides to soup kitchens and everything in between.
At the rally on 4 November 2016 we will be hearing from injured workers and highlighting the harsh impact of the 2012 changes on the injured workers of NSW and their families.
There will also be regional events:
Wollongong - 31 October 2016
Orange - 2 November 2016
Newcastle - 3 November; and
A date for an event in Lismore is being finalised.
By keeping the pressure on the Government about workers comp we have won significant changes including more than doubling the medical cap and reducing the threshold for lifetime cover among other changes. This rally is an important part of our plan to keep winning improvements to the scheme.
Sydney Event Details:
Outside NSW Parliament, Macquarie St Sydney
12:30pm on Friday 4 November 2016
The ETU office is Newcastle has relocated to the following address:
Hunter Workers Building
406-408 King Street
Newcastle West NSW 2302
Phone, fax and email remain unchanged:
Phone: 02 4968 2488
Fax: 02 4968 3466
A snap shot of the current status of Manufacturing in NSW would reveal some manufacturing industries are doing reasonably well in our competitive environment, these manufacturers are predominantly supporting the building and construction development both Commercial and Domestic.
Other manufacturers in Food and Beverage Equipment and Service are facing takeovers, selloffs and mergers usually making workers Redundant.
The overwhelming majority of manufacturing employers are surviving on marginal financial bottom lines bringing in to question their ability to provide future jobs , train new employees and engage apprentices.
Wage increases have been slowing and in many instances members are experiencing no increases while their Senior Management staff experience large Bonuses for cutting costs including cutting staff.
Members should be very much aware of tactics being adopted by Employers during negotiations of their Enterprise Agreements whereby, to get your job performed at a cheaper rate in the future they are offering members’ wage increases if they accept a new set of pay rates and conditions for new starters.
This results in current members having their rates ‘grandfathered’ and the lower rates will apply to all new starters resulting in two class of workers doing the same work for different rates of pay.
This is selling out our childrens future by trading good wages and conditions for a wage increase.
Members should be wary of this approach to bargaining and contact your Organiser in the event this occurs.
It is now becoming all too common.
Manufacturing continues to barely survive without Government support or Protection and for now remains in Intensive Care.
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