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.
Secretary ETU NSW
PS Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2017.
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.
ETU Secretary Dave McKinley is travelling across NSW and the ACT over the coming months to meet ETU members. Dave will report back on recent industrial matters and provide you with an update on the major Change the Rules campaign that the ETU in NSW is playing a leading role.
The State of the Union meetings will kick off with the following four meetings, additional dates and locations covering the rest of the state will be provided as they are confirmed:
Wednesday 23 May - Sydney West - Revesby Workers Club, 2b Brett St Revesby
Thursday 24 May - Sydney East - Randwick Labour Club, 135 Alison Rd Randwick
Wednesday 30 May - Central Coast - Erina Leagues Club,
Thursday 31 May - Newcastle - Hunter Workers, Level 3 / 406-408 King St Newcastle
All members are invited to attend and must RSVP for catering purposes, finger food and drinks will be provided from 7pm. Please email your name, mobile number and event location/date to email@example.com or call 02 9267 4844 and ask for Joanne.
We look forward to seeing you at your local State of the Union meeting.
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.