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

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment

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

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-new-south-wales

Other government benefits

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

www.servicesaustralia.gov.au

MERT

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.

 

SAFETY ALERT - TAKATA AIRBAGS

- 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.

THE ETU IS ADVISING ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW THE LIST OF VEHICLE MAKES AND MODELS AFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS, UP TO AND INCLUDING REFUSAL TO DRIVE AFFECTED VEHICLES, UNTIL NECESSARY REPAIRS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

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
Secretary

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE.

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

VICTORY FOR KONE WORKERS: 16% PAY RISE WON AFTER SIX-WEEK CAMPAIGN

Peter Moss - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kone lift workers have won a 16 per cent pay rise thanks to an incredible six-week campaign that demonstrates the power of union solidarity.

Around 200 Kone employees voted today to end industrial action and accept in principle a much-improved company offer.

Victory on the key union demand of 16 per cent higher pay came after 26 days of strike action.

Workers will soon receive a 5 per cent increase backdated to March with instalments of 4.5, 4.5 and 2 per cent to follow.

The 3.5-year agreement will be subject to a formal vote in around two weeks (see below). Other notable gains include:

• additional 0.25% super, taking employer contributions to 12.25 %
• all allowances increase in line with pay
• vehicle allowance paid to all with Kone vehicles
• significant increases to site allowance.

The breakthrough came after ETU and AMWU members took five four-day and one six-day stoppages over six weeks.

The company tried to push through an inferior offer last week but employees strongly rejected that and responded with a full week of strike action. That saw management cave in and increase the wages offer by 4 per cent.

The lift technicians and fitters lost a lot of pay but stuck together throughout to achieve a greater gain. Veteran unionists say this is the best result from a Kone industrial campaign in many years.



Kone lift workers vote to reject pay off and escalate strike action

Peter Moss - Thursday, September 14, 2017
KONE LIFT WORKERS’ 70% VOTE REJECTS SUBSTANDARD OFFER

STRIKE ACTION SET TO ESCALATE AS MANAGEMENT LOSES PLOT

Kone lift workers plan to strike for 11 of the next 12 days after more than 70 per cent voted down a company pay offer in an official phone poll.

The six-week dispute will intensify after an overwhelming majority of union members elected to fight on for wage justice.

Fewer than 30 per cent of employees voted to accept Kone’s unilateral offer. Company managers are reportedly locked in crisis meetings.

The wages proposal put to lift technicians and fitters has not substantially improved despite weeks of industrial action.

For the past month Kone has not met with the elected ETU/AMWU Bargaining Committee.

A Trades Hall mass meeting this morning strongly supported seven days of strike action from Wednesday 20 September. That strike will follow a four-day stoppage starting tomorrow.

The mood at the mass meeting was ominous. Speakers from the Committee and the floor slammed Kone’s failure to negotiate.

The dispute has crippled Kone’s operations across Sydney.

Sydney Trains, a major Kone client, now issues regular warnings about rail network lifts and escalators. At World Square, Kone lifts and escalators are frequently out of order.

The company needs to take stock and revise its approach after today's failed vote.

Workers are in a strong position to win an improved offer provided we stick strong together.

UPDATE FOR KONE MEMBERS

- Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ETU & AMWU KONE WORKERS MASS MEETING
8 AM, FRIDAY 18 AUGUST
SYDNEY TRADES HALL, 377 SUSSEX STREET

After two six-day stoppages, our campaign for wage justice at Kone has reached a critical stage.

Our industrial and campaign action is having a significant impact on the company.

We need to stick together and stay strong to win this dispute.

Latest news:

  • The union negotiating team met with management this afternoon ---- this is the fourth such meeting over the past two days
  • Management is under more pressure every day that we stay united in our action
  • The mass meeting this Friday will deliver a full report back and discuss the way forward. Please ensure you attend and have your say at this meeting.

ETU members report that management has approached and applied pressure to individual employees to return to work. Do not be intimidated by management tactics and threats, whether implicit or explicit. Our unity is our strength ---- that is why the company seeks to divide and rule.

Stay united, stay strong and let’s support each other until we achieve the wage justice you deserve.

In solidarity Steve Bankes, ETU and Fergal Eiffe, AMWU

URGENT NOTICE FOR ETU KONE MEMBERS

- Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The ETU has become aware that Kone management are pressuring members to change their work hours including start and finish times.

Under Clause 6 of the EBA Kone are required to consult with each affected employee. Clause 6.3 states that each eamployee is entitled to representation and Clause 6.9 of the EBA defines major changes as including the alteration to Hours of Work.

As there has been no consultation to date we advise all ETU members to work their normal hours and to not agree to any change in working hours including start and finish times.

We believe that Kone are in breach of the EBA if they continue to pursue these changes without consultation and providing each employee with the opportunity to have the union represent them.

THE ETU HAS PUT THE MATTER IN DISPUTE. ALL MEMBERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO WORK ORDINARY SHIFTS AND ORDINARY START FINISH TIMES AND NOT AGREE TO ANY CHANGE UNTIL CONSULTATION HAS OCCURRED. EACH EMPLOYEE NEEDS TO NOTIFY KONE BY EMAIL THAT THE ETU IS REPRESENTING THEM IN ANY CONSULTATION AROUND THE ALTERATION OF HOURS OF WORK.