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Fact Sheet: Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017

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A New Law to Protect Workers and Honest Employers Legislation, long sought by unions, to protect workers from exploitation in the labour hire industry has passed State Parliament. The new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 will commence on 1 March 2018 and will make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider1 without a…

*BREAKING NEWS!* Solar Thermal for Port Augusta

Solar thermal plant for Port August

*BREAKING NEWS!* Solar Thermal for Port Augusta Media release from Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, Monday 14 August, 2017   Today, we are taking another massive step forward in delivering our plan for reliable, affordable and clean power for all South Australians. My Government is backing a world-leading renewable energy project – a solar…

Real action on energy prices needed, not hollow talk fest

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Real action on energy prices needed, not hollow talk fest Wednesday 9 August, 2017 Today’s meeting in Canberra with the big energy retailers has descended into farce, with the Energy Minister lamenting as “ridiculous” the market rules for which he has been responsible for two full years.  The rules are broken for the people that…

SA Power Networks under Hadgkiss’ Building Code

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SA Power Networks under Hadgkiss’ Building Code On the 15th of February this year, Michaelia Cash gave express assurances to the Australian Senate that Essential Services would be exempted from the ABCC’s Building Code. These assurances have now been broken. To remind our political representatives of this CEPU National Secretary Allen Hicks recently sent the…

1SAPN Update 1, 7 July 2017

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1SAPN Update 1, 7 July 2017 1SAPN, 1Deal Members, I wanted to let you all know how the first week of the campaign against the ABCC Building Code has progressed and what the next few weeks of the campaign looks like. As many of you already know, this campaign is a result of the Australian…

Union legal challenge to Turnbull Gov building code progresses to Federal Court hearing

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Union legal challenge to Turnbull Gov building code progresses to Federal Court hearing MEDIA RELEASE Friday, 30 June 2017 Union legal challenge to Turnbull Gov building code progresses to Federal Court hearing. The Federal Court today confirmed that the first legal challenge to the Turnbull Government’s controversial building industry code would proceed to a hearing….

Finkel review: Turnbull must stand up to extreme right to deliver certainty for business, power workers and consumers

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Finkel review: Turnbull must stand up to extreme right to deliver certainty for business, power workers and consumers MEDIA RELEASE: Friday 9 June, 2017 Energy workers are closely reviewing the recommendations of Australia’s Chief Scientist into the future of the National Electricity Market to ensure that not only is energy security addressed, but that a…

Supply gap could turn SA coal hub into green energy powerhouse

Port Augusta's Northern power station closed in 2016.

Supply gap could turn SA coal hub into green energy powerhouse Bension Siebert, INDaily.com.au, Tuesday 11 April, 2017 Renewable energy generators are racing to get large-scale projects financed and built in time to fill the supply gap created by the closure of coal-fired power stations across the country. And they could turn the home of…

South Australian plan great for energy security and jobs, but lessons of privatisation failures must be learnt

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South Australian plan great for energy security and jobs, but lessons of privatisation failures must be learnt The union representing power workers has commended the South Australian Government’s $550 million plan to improve energy security through the construction of the nation’s largest battery storage project, a new 250MW gas-fired power plant, and increased powers for…

ABCC chaos puts construction industry on the verge of shutdown

ABCC chaos puts construction industry on the verge of shutdown

ABCC chaos puts construction industry on the verge of shutdown Dan Nancarro, ETU Australia, 8 March 2017 The ETU warns the construction industry is on the verge of shutdown as the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)’s failure to process enterprise bargaining agreements for compliance to the new Building Code throws the industry into chaos….

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