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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: https://www.energysuper.com.au/why-join-us/news-centre/early-release

More related useful links:

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

https://www.energysuper.com.au/why-join-us/news-centre/things-to-consider-when-accessing-super-early

Other Options for Financial Assistance (COVID-19)

https://www.energysuper.com.au/why-join-us/news-centre/covid-19-financial-assistance

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South Australian taxpayers will fork out $2.1 billion to pay a foreign-owned company to make a profit from Adelaide’s train network and cut jobs WTF. ... See MoreSee Less

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ETU SAFETY ALERT FOR SHERRIN VEHICLE-MOUNTED 16m EWP MODEL NO. 16DPM52

PLANT AFFECTED

Sherrin vehicle mounted 16m EWP model No. 16DPM52 AU

WHAT HAPPENED

On Thursday the 17th of September a Powercor employee was operating a hired Sherrin TES16 Elevated Work Platform (EWP) to complete pole replacement works.

As the employee was lowering the EWP basket, the compensating rod has failed and as a result the EWP basket entered into an uncontrolled fall of approximately two (2) metres. The fall stopped when the EWP boom landed on the boom stowing bracket. The employee was correctly wearing his safety harness and was attached and remained within the EWP basket during the fall.

CONTAINMENT MEASURES

The CEPU strongly recommends that all EWP’s of this model immediately be tagged out and classed as unfit for service until checked by an independent expert in this type of plant and deemed safe for use, in writing.

Although not currently a contributing factor we take this opportunity to remind all members that comprehensive pre start checks and inspections must be undertaken on all plant and equipment prior to use of any kind.

If any employer refuses to act in accordance with the above advice please contact your CEPU Organiser immediately. The CEPU strongly advises that the piece of plant in question should be tagged out until it is deemed safe in writing by an expert in the field.

Further updates will be provided as more information comes to light.
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Update, the wins keep coming for CEPU SA members in the fair Work Commission and the South Australian Employment Tribunal. Nearly $270K this year so far. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

CEPU SA

If you need to get in contact with Cbus they will be opening their front counters back up. Follow the link in their post to find the opening hours for Adelaide.Our front counters are reopening. Our front counter service in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth are now open for Cbus members and employers to assist you personally with your super. Opening hours and locations for each Front Counter location are available here: bit.ly/2R91dWQ.

We've employed new protective strategies for our offices in these states including sneeze screens, social distancing and sanitiser stations to protect all of our members, staff and visitors.

For our members in Victoria, Cbus is doing everything we can to assist our members throughout the Stage 4 restrictions, we have a fact sheet for more information on accessing our resources throughout this time: bit.ly/3hdNsBq.
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4 days ago

CEPU SA

SA Power Networks are currently considering closing the Gumeracha Depot.
The closest depot to the North will be 53km away in Angaston, the closest to the south will be 34km away in Mt Barker.
There are many concerns we have with this closure.
Response times for the community.
Bushfire response for the community
Essential Service standards for the local businesses.
Butmost of alsapn has not offered any assistance at all to any of the employees that they are forcibly displacing from this depot.
These workers will be pressured to agree or simply have this change forced on them and have to deal with the severe financial impacts that come with it. It may cost up to $15,000 a year and 700 extra hours in travelling costs for employees.
The cost to get this depot up to standard is $2.4M.
SAPN make Hundreds of Millions of dollars every year in profit.
This is Profit over people.
This is Privatisation.
Please see Rebekha Sharkie's letter to SAPN asking about the closure.
If you have concerns, you should write a letter too.
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