General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

General Trade, Mining and Manufacturing

Protected Action Ballot: Vote today, vote ‘YES’ to all options

Peter Moss - Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dear UGL Broadmeadow ETU Member


Protected Action Ballot forms were sent to you via post from the AEC on Friday 9 October.


It is very important that you tick ‘YES’ to all questions and return ASAP via post in the envelope provided to the AEC.


Voting ‘YES’ to all actions doesn’t mean you are locked in to taking all actions. But voting ‘YES’ gives you the ability to choose any of those actions in the future if needed.


Voting ‘YES’ to all and returning the ballot puts you in a strong position and increases your bargaining power at the table.


If you don’t receive your ballot form by Monday 19 Octoberplease contact me (details below) so we can confirm your address and contact AEC to get a ballot sent to you ASAP.


A strong result (100%) and high turnout in this ballot is essential to give you, the members, the best chance of achieving your log of claims and a fair and reasonable Enterprise Agreement.


Any questions or issues contact your delegates or me. 


Keep up the Fight. If you don’t fight, you don’t win!

In unity

Stuart Elliott

ETU Organiser



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

Job ad: Central Coast Health seeks supplementary electricians

Peter Moss - Wednesday, April 08, 2020
8/4/20: Central Coast Local Health, which covers Gosford and Wyong Hospitals, seeking supplementary electricians to be employed on a casual basis

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work

Bruce Fan - Monday, August 05, 2019

Help the ETU stop dangerous unlicensed electrical work.

Bluescope workers vote to reject EBA offer & escalate action

Peter Moss - Wednesday, January 23, 2019
A mass meeting of Bluescope workers on 22 January voted unanimously to reject the company’s latest EBA offer and to escalate industrial action.

The meeting follows six months of industrial action by ETU, AWU and AMWU members at Bluescope’s Port Kembla and Springhill plants.

Each section of employees will now undertake a 12-hour strike over the next fortnight to ramp up pressure on the company.

ETU delegate and negotiator Matt Daly said workers are determined to achieve ‘a fair and equitable outcome’.

‘We want an agreement that is equitable across the company, which recognises our past sacrifices and the huge profits now being made at Bluescope,’ the shift electrician said.

Employees accepted reduced conditions and job losses in 2015 when the company faced financial pressure due to global conditions.

Now Bluescope is booming again with an annual $1.6 billion profit but has refused to fairly reward loyal employees.

A proposed bonus system that is weighted heavily in management’s favour, a low-ball pay offer and weekend sick pay rates are among the issues at stake.

ETU organiser Brad Currey said the company seemed in no hurry to reach agreement.

‘Negotiations are not moving. Bluescope seems happy to stonewall while raking in huge profits. But the company should not underestimate the resolve of our members to get a fair deal,’ said Brad

New leadership team at ETU NSW

Peter Moss - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
11 December 2018

Dear member

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 the best traditions of the ETU 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.

In unity
Justin Page
Secretary ETU NSW

PS Please feel free to contact me on

Bluescope reportback following Fair Work Commission

Peter Moss - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bluescope Reportback following Fair Work Commission

Dear Members

As you are aware, The AWU, ETU and AMWU sought the assistance of the Fair Work Commission yesterday to bring Bluescope to the table. Following a brief report from the Unions and the company, both sides separately met with Deputy President Dean to discuss the current negotiations and the points that we are currently unable to reach agreement on.

The parties then reconvened, and some discussions were had around BlueScope’s offer. It is clear that at the moment Bluescope are unwilling to move from their current position. Bluescope also introduced a new claim, Bluescope indicated that they want to remove the existing superannuation clause from the agreement and have it contained in an MOU. The Unions are opposed to the removal of this clause.

The Unions had a brief discussion with the commissioner on how we could continue to have the assistance of Fair Work and keep Bluescope talking.

The Unions agreed to put to Bluescope that we use the Interest Based Bargaining process properly, with the process assisted and controlled by the Commission in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues. Bluescope agreed to this.

Whilst we continue with our industrial campaign the Unions believe that we should be exploring every avenue in trying to achieve an acceptable EBA outcome. We need to keep talking and negotiating while apply pressure through industrial action.

The interest based bargaining process is entered into only by agreement and the outcome of bargaining must be agreed by the Unions and the Company and final acceptance by the membership is through the normal EBA approval formal voting process. So if an acceptable outcome can not be achieved through this process it is not forced upon the members unless you agree to it.

We have nothing to lose by trying a new approach to bargaining. At the moment the answer to our outstanding claims is “NO”, if interest-based bargaining can shift some of those answers we should explore it.

When? 17th, 18th & possibly the 19th of December 2018.

During these 2-3 days we will pause our industrial action to allow negotiations to take place.

Yours in Unity
Brad Currey, ETU Organiser, NSW Branch.

ETU members launch wage justice campaign at Bluescope

Peter Moss - Friday, September 14, 2018
ETU members at Bluescope Steel have launched an industrial campaign for wage justice and to restore lost conditions.

Around 150 electricians joined ongoing action including stoppages and bans at Bluescope’s Port Kembla and Springhill plants.

Workers belonging to the ETU, AWU and AMWU are fighting for a decent pay rise and the reinstatement of conditions lost in 2015.

Employees accepted a wage freeze and sacrificed significant conditions after the company threatened to close Port Kembla operations. ETU members and others lost thousands of dollars are a result.

But now business is booming with Bluescope raking in $1.6 billion profit last year – the company’s second strong annual result and highest profit in a decade. No Australian corporate tax was paid on that profit due to previous losses being brought forward.

Despite this 119 percent increase in profit, Bluescope refuses to make an acceptable wage offer or restore conditions in stalled EBA negotiations.

Members of combined unions have dug in for a long battle, said ETU organiser Brad Currey.

‘Workers are rightfully angry that the company is all take and no give. The sacrifices made in 2015 saved $60 million. It’s time for employees to receive a fair share of the profits generated by their committed hard work,’ said Brad.

Launch of ETU Active for ETU Honoarary Members

Peter Moss - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Bluescope EBA Update - 5 July

- Monday, July 09, 2018

Apologies for the late update, we have been waiting for Bluescope to finalise and confirm their offer which has continually changed since Friday.

Following 2 days in The Fair Work Commission last week the following is a Summary of The Company’s Current Position:

7.5% over 3 years or 9.5% over 4 years is NOT ACCEPTABLE given the sacrifices made by members.

Penalty Rates on weekend Sick Leave HAS NOT been addressed. What the company is offering will only benefit a few people over the life of the agreement.

The $4000 would normally be paid in September but is being brought forward to buy your vote.

One agreement for both sites with no real benefit to members.

The following mass meetings will be held at the North Gate Visitors Centre

Steelworks Mass Meeting (off shift) – Thursday 12th July 6am & 6pm

Springhill Mass Meeting (off shift) – Friday 13th July 6am & 6pm

The ETU will be asking members to Reject this offer and we will be discussing our Next Steps.



Purpose: Discuss Next Steps and Reject the Company proposal
When: Steelworks – Thursday 12th July, 6am & 6pm
Springhill – Friday 13th July, 6am & 6pm
Where: North Gate Visitors Centre
(Please note these are not paid meetings, members should select either 6am or 6pm depending on your Roster)

In Unity,
Brad Currey