Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Sydney Construction & Contracting 2021 RDO Calendar

Peter Moss - Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sydney Construction & Contracting 2021 RDO Calendar


Plan ahead for 2021 with this calendar listing RDOs, long weekends and annual leave days for Sydney construction and contracting.
Click on the image below to view the Calendar. Or ask your organiser for a fold-out pocket version of the RDO Calendar.
In unity
Fred Barbin and the ETU Sydney construction team



Bruce Fan - Wednesday, August 26, 2020


Peter Moss - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ETU offices in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle are open and operating safely under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

Members can visit the union’s offices but are encouraged to contact the ETU by phone or email wherever possible: (02) 9267 4844 etunsw@etunsw.com.au

Construction ‘essential’: sites stay open, safety paramount, ETU & NECA industry leadership

Peter Moss - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Construction/Contracting Member


Major Sydney construction sites are open and working after both the Federal and NSW Governments confirmed that construction is classified as an ‘essential’ industry.


The ETU is pursuing all options to ensure our members can work safely, and to protect your jobs and incomes.


We are working closely and cooperatively with NECA, the peak body representing electrical contractors, to provide industry leadership throughout the pandemic.


All union services continue to be available to members. All construction organisers are out working with and for members.


Our joint work with NECA helped convince governments that Sydney construction, including government-funded infrastructure projects, is an essential sector.

In a letter to the construction sector, the NSW Treasurer said the ‘infrastructure pipeline will continue to sustain tens of thousands of jobs over the coming months’.

But sustaining jobs and income must be balanced with the absolute need to protect members’ health and safety. That’s why the ETU has initiated measures including staggered start times, much more cleaning, and physical separation at work and during meals.


The union issued a warning to any builder or contractor who fails to adhere to the strict safety regime: fully protect your workers or we will report you and call for you to be shut down. 


The pandemic will require us to change aspects of the way we work. In our discussions with NECA, we are agreed that flexibility is required – equally, from employers and from workers.


Should any employer attempt to implement a stand down or redundancies, the ETU will ensure that members’ rights and entitlements are protected and delivered.


Attached with this email is a fact sheet covering key issues including redundancy rights, social security and superannuation. Please keep this for reference.


Should you need assistance or advice on any workplace issue, please contact your ETU organiser

Fred Barbin      0437 031 840

Antony Stegic  0414 877 943

Lawrie Duff      0400 749 008

Nick Bligh        0475 284 234

Steve Bankes  0414 877 553

Stewart Edward 0419 210 442.


For other inquiries, email the unionetunsw@etunsw.com.au


In unity


Justin Page

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT

COVID-19 Redundancy & Rights Fact Sheet

Peter Moss - Thursday, March 26, 2020

FIP members: VOTE NO to company’s non-union EBA, VOTE YES to protected action

Peter Moss - Thursday, January 23, 2020

FIP Electrical Workers:


VOTE YES in Protected Action Ballot! 


VOTE NO to sub-standard non-union EBA!


Don’t let the company undercut your wages and conditions – make sure you vote in two vital ballots over the next week!


1. VOTE YES TO ENDORSE PROTECTED INDUSTRIAL ACTION: Ballot papers have been mailed to your home. Please vote immediately and VOTE YES TO ALL ACTIONS. A high YES vote will tell the company we are serious and determined to get an EBA that meets industry standards.


2. VOTE NO TO THE COMPANY’S SUB-STANDARD NON-UNION AGREEMENT: This was emailed to you by management on 20 January with electronic voting scheduled for Saturday 1 February. This proposed EBA IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE UNION. It is an inferior agreement that could cost new employees up to $2,000 over six months.


The ETU has been negotiating with FIP for well over 12 months seeking significant improvement to members’ wages and conditions. At least 15 other contractors have signed up to union EBAs in that time, including FIP’s major competitors, setting a new industry standard.


You deserve the same rights & conditions as workers on union EBAs 


The 15 union EBA companies are:

1. Star
2. Heyday
3. Fredon
4. Stowe
5. Goldline
6. Utech Sydney
7. SDF
8. ABI Services
9. Perigon
10. Nilsen
11. Grid
12. NCI
13. Dynamite
14. RSGX
15. NxGen


Plus City Electrical votes on union EBA 31 January


But FIP refuses to listen to or respect the company’s hard-working highly-skilled employees. Instead management is trying to ram through a document that would leave FIP employees worse off compared to workers employed by other Tier 1 electrical contractors.


FIP’s non-union EBA fails to meet industry standards, leaves workers exposed


The FIP document fails to meet industry standards in many areas:

• Company can sub-contract electrical work including cable tray, ladder and ducting installation without consultation
• Company can force workers to supply thumbprints for identification
• New or rehired workers will be denied MERT redundancy payments for up to six months, leaving them up to $2,000 out of pocket
• New or rehired workers will not be covered by ‘top-up’ income protection insurance for up to six months
• Delegate rights watered down
• No financial support for industry drug and alcohol programsand 
• Weaker protections against stand downs during inclement weather.


I urge all ETU members to VOTE YES in the Protected Action Ballot mailed to your home.


VOTE NO to the company’s sub-standard EBA that could cost some workers up to $2,000.


Let’s stick together until we win the industry standard wages and conditions we deserve.


In unity


Justin Page,

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT


Fred Barbin, construction organiser

fredb@etunsw.com.au 0437 031 840




Peter Moss - Monday, November 11, 2019


Peter Moss - Monday, November 11, 2019

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Peter Moss - Friday, August 16, 2019

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work

Bruce Fan - Monday, August 05, 2019

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work.