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Corona Virus / COVID -19 Virus

ETU National Media release 250320: Make worksites corona virus safe or shut down

The CEPU SA Branch is writing to employers of Union members regarding the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus. You can access the draft correspondence here: CEPU SA letter to employers re COVID-19

A series of fact sheets regarding COVID-19 pandemic can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

COVID-19 and workplace rights

Temporary early access to superannuation funds

Job Seeker payments and Corona Virus supplements

From Monday 20 April 2020, the Federal Government will allow the temporary early release of super for those experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19. If you’re considering this, here’s some information that may help you work through the process:

More related useful links:

Things to consider when accessing your super early (COVID-19)

Other Options for Financial Assistance (COVID-19)

$ Recovered for members this calendar year to date

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Latest data confirms that union members continue to achieve better wage growth than non-union workers.

Average pay increases of 3% verses 1.4%; which do you deserve at a time when corporate profits are soaring?

Unionists are doing their bit to address stagnant wage growth and the damage it causes the Australian economy.

Join the fight for fairness.
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This Asbestos Awareness Week make sure you're asbestos aware - it lurks in more places than you might think.

Asbestos becomes dangerous once the fibres are disturbed, become airborne and then inhaled. This can happen if you’re sanding, drilling, cutting or sawing asbestos.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and inhaling asbestos fibres can cause a number of life-threatening diseases including pleural disease, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Don't risk the possible health effects of asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization says there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres.

Watch this video about asbestos exposure in the workplace here:

Please contact your state branch of the ETU if you think you have been exposed to asbestos or are faced with an asbestos related issue within your workplace.
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South Australian Unions are calling on our State and Federal Governments to ensure there is a safety net in place for workers who can not work due to the current COVID restrictions and are not being paid. ... See MoreSee Less

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COVID-19 Update from PEER Training

The health and safety of apprentices, students, employers, staff and their families remain a top priority for PEER. Following todays announcement from the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall MP, the state will be going into lockdown for 6 days effective from midnight tonight, Wednesday 18th November. This includes the closure of schools and educational facilities, including PEER.

PEER’s trade training center will be closed while the current restrictions are in place. Remote training will also not occur during this time.

Under the new restrictions, the construction industry is closed (excluding essential services) and PEER apprentices will remain allocated to their current host employer. If a PEER apprentice is working in an essential service, there is an expectation that they will continue to work in accordance with the requirements of the host employer.

Essential areas of PEER, such as our Payroll and Customer Service departments, will continue to work remotely to process apprentices’ pays. PEER will pay apprentices for the 4 working days during the state-wide lockdown (7.6 hours per day only) but Host employers will not be charged for this unworked period. Apprentices will need to enter ‘trade school’ on their timesheet for the period of 19 November 2020 to 24 November 2020. PEER's Payroll team will only be contactable via email during this period (

PEER reserves the right to change or amend the above directive based on the government’s advice.

We understand you might be feeling anxious but as a team, together we can work through the challenges we are faced with.

Support is available through PEER's Employee Assistance Provider SMG Health, for all PEER apprentices and all PEER students who are feeling concerned or anxious. Call 1800 273 865 or email

Peter Nolan
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1 week ago


We have had a few questions from members who are essential services workers about getting to and from work. This is advice from the SA Government website:

I am an Essential Worker. Will I have to show ID if Police stop me?

Please ensure you have identification on you and where possible evidence to prove your workplace/occupation. This could include but is not limited to workplace id, uniform etc.
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