Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Electrical Contracting, Service Industry and Equipment Technicians

Financial support during Greater Sydney construction shutdown

Bruce Fan - Saturday, July 17, 2021

The NSW Government blindsided the construction industry with a 14-day shutdown announced Saturday 17 July.

The ETU Construction and Lifts Team is on hand to provide full information and support to our members throughout this period.

We list below the key financial support that will or may be available to ETU members from today.

To access these payments you will need to establish a myGov account. See this link: https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1

COVID Disaster Payment

The first thing I urge every member to do is apply immediately for the NSW Covid Disaster Payment at this link


The COVID Disaster Payment (taxable) provides $600 per week for workers in a NSW COVID hotspot who have lost 20 or more hours of work per week.

Workers who have lost between 8-20 hours per week are eligible for $375 per week.

You can qualify for the COVID Disaster Payment even if you are being paid certain types of leave. Please check eligibility at the link above.

The Payment is available immediately, is available to visa workers, and there is no liquid assets test.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment covers NSW workers unable to work because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.

This Payment is a lump sum $1,500 for 14 days and is available to visa workers. Apply at this link


Other government benefits

Depending on your personal circumstances, there may be other Centrelink benefits you can access. Contact Services Australia 180 22 66



A $2,000 Stand Down payment (taxable) is available from MERT to assist with hardship, followed by a second $2,000 payment five weeks later. Access from www.mert.com.au or call 1800 023 692

Workers Compensation

If you test positive for COVID-19 as a direct result of workplace exposure, you may be eligible for workers compensation. Contact your ETU organiser or the ETU etunsw@etunsw.com.au or (02) 9267 4844.

Income Protection

COVID-19 is a covered event under your Chifley Income Protection Policy. Members may be covered if there is an inability to work through sickness and accident as a result of COVID-19. Go to www.chifleyservices.com.au or call 1800 800 002

ETU information & support

For more information and support, please contact your ETU organiser, email etunsw@etunsw.com.au or call (02) 9267 4844.

ETU construction organisers

Fred Barbin fredb@etunsw.com.au 0437 031 840

Stewart Edward stewarte@etunsw.com.au 0419 210 442

Antony Stegic antonyc@etunsw.com.au 0414 877 943

Nick Bligh nickb@etunsw.com.au 0475 284 234

Lawrie Duff lawrenced@etunsw.com.au 0400 749 008

ETU lift industry organiser

Steve Bankes steveb@etunsw.com.au 0414 877 553

The ETU is working with other industry stakeholders towards the goal of getting the construction and lift industries open for members to work safely as soon as possible.

The union is also lobbying for increased government support for workers and families impacted by COVID restrictions.

We will send updates as new information comes to hand.

Proud to be union

Allen Hicks

Secretary, ETU NSW & ACT

ETU State of the Union Meetings

- Thursday, May 10, 2018

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 joannet@etunsw.com.au or call 02 9267 4844 and ask for Joanne.

We look forward to seeing you at your local State of the Union meeting.


City FM Meetings

- 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



- 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.


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

Get Your Tickets! ETU Construction Picnic Day

- 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.


Supported by:


Change the Rules Rally - 16 November

- 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

- Friday, November 03, 2017


Peter Moss - Thursday, October 12, 2017


ETU action today saw a Prohibition Notice issued to contractor Stowe Australia after a worker received an electric shock at Barangaroo yesterday.

Faulty wiring installed by unlicensed electricians caused the shock, regulator SafeWork NSW found.

The Notice bans all work on mounted power points in the affected area until new systems, including supervision, are in place.

The incident is just the latest safety breach on the massive Barangaroo site under builder Lend Lease.

ETU organiser Fred Barbin called on Stowe to properly train workers in the required temporary wiring standard AS 3012.

‘The ETU will continue to actively monitor the Barangaroo site to ensure workers can go home safely,’ said Fred.


Electricians again walk off $200m Opera House renovation over safety fears followings asbestos tests

- Friday, October 06, 2017

Electrical workers this morning stopped work on the $200 million renovation of the Sydney Opera House, refusing to continue with the installation of cabling through the iconic building after receiving confirmation that potentially-deadly friable asbestos had again been located in work areas.

Scientific testing of samples collected yesterday were this morning confirmed to contain friable asbestos, sparking a meeting of electrical workers where they decided to walk off the job immediately until the serious safety issue was resolved.

The incident is the second time in two months that asbestos concerns have halted renovation works on the iconic building, with the Electrical Trades Union demanding the safety regulator and NSW Government intervene to ensure the issue is resolved.

“This issue was first identified two months ago, with SafeWork NSW giving builder Laing O'Rourke a weak slap on the wrist. The company had seven days to remove the asbestos or eliminate the threat to workers through appropriate safety measures and have clearly failed to do so,” ETU secretary Dave McKinley said.

“Electricians yesterday raised the alarm that they were again being exposed to loose asbestos fibres, which has now been confirmed by scientific testing.

“Two months after this major safety issue was uncovered, and the builder was ordered to rectify it by the safety regulator, we have again seen workers exposed to these carcinogenic fibres.”

Mr McKinley said the union was demanding the NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Keen, immediately launch an investigation as to why SafeWork NSW refuses to impose a prohibition notice on Laing O'Rourke, which would prevent any construction work from taking place in the contaminated areas until the asbestos was isolated and removed by specialist contractors.

“It is completely unacceptable that workers, performers and the general public continue to be exposed to a toxic substance at this iconic building, particularly as the builder is receiving $200 million from taxpayers to carry out the renovations,” he said.

“Electricians have made a decision to put their safety first, despite the fact that Laing O'Rourke previously threatened to have them prosecuted in the Fair Work Commission after accusing them of taking unlawful industrial action when they last stopped work over asbestos concerns.

“It’s pretty clear the system is broken when workers are threatened with legal action for refusing to expose themselves to a deadly substance like asbestos, yet the safety regulator seems unwilling to ensure the builder is abiding by workplace health and safety laws.

“The NSW Government need to get off their backsides, take responsibility for this serious issue, and ensure that all asbestos is removed from the Opera House.”



Peter Moss - Monday, September 25, 2017
ETU member ‘Diamond Dave’ Toussaint has fought his way from wiring construction sites to conquering the Australian middleweight boxing title.

The Canberra sparkie clinched the vacant champion’s belt earlier this month. He dominated Queenslander Liam Hutchinson for six rounds before the fight was stopped.

Diamond Dave led comfortably on all scorecards when his opponent was badly cut in an accidental head clash.

The Capital Fight Night earlier this month was sponsored by the Electrical Trades Union.

A ringside table of ETU construction members and officials cheered the power-punching southpaw on his way to the national title.

Dave Toussaint, who fights in the ETU blue and gold, thanked the union during his victory speech.

Trained by CFMEU organiser Garry Humphries, Dave’s next bout is likely to be on 25 November in Brisbane on Jeremy Horn’s undercard.

Dave was an Electrogroup apprentice before working for contractor Fredon. His professional record stands at 12-0.

Fellow ETU member Felipe Ferreira fought and lost on points on the Capital Fight Night undercard, taking his record to 6-3.

Thanks to Justin's Photo Works for the image.