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Both Queensland and New South Wales are embarking on a road that may lead to electricity privatisation, but those states should heed the lessons learned by their southern neighbours who tread that path nearly 20 years ago. We know from bitter experience that "competition" in electricity does not result in…
Watch Senator Sam Dastyari taking aim at the NSW Liberal/National Coalition on the sale of the poles and wires that belong to all of the people of NSW. We need more like people like Sam to call it as it is. >>> Read this news item on the NSW US…
Claims that the privatisation of the NSW electricity network could deliver $30 billion for infrastructure projects contradict the government's own figures and are part of a deliberate attempt to trick NSW voters, according to the Stop the Sell Off campaign. A Sydney newspaper has reported that a sale of the…
In last night’s Budget the Federal Government tried to sweeten the state government pot. The formula to top up state assets with resources obtained from the privatisation of Medibank, recently discussed between state governments and the Commonwealth, might sound a good idea, but it will have a negative effect on…
The decision in the long running battle of scope was handed down last week by His Honour, Senior Deputy President Hamberger in a massive win for the Unions and its collective members. >>> Read the news item on the NSW US Branch website here His Honour has found that the…
  The Australian Services Union's global affiliate Public Services International (PSI) has today released a new report that reveals secret trade negotiations may threaten public services across the globe, including in Australia. The ASU, as the principal union in local government and utilities (water & energy) is alarmed at findings…
As privatisation looms as the Abbott Government's preferred method of reducing debt, the ASU and others are using submissions to inquiries and reviews to highlight the failures of this approach. Our submission to the Federal Government which is preparing an Energy White Paper continues this focus. The ASU has campaigned…
The USU/ASU has welcomed the most recent decision by Fair Work Commission which re-affirms the Commission's original decision to disallow an employer from conducting on-site urine testing on its employees for the detection of drugs. The employer Endeavour Energy had initiated the most recent case in an attempt to get…
ASU members have resoundingly endorsed the proposed variation (rollover) to the AEMO Enterprise Agreement. On Thursday 11th July 2013, ASU members and AEMO staff covered by the AEMO Enterprise Agreement were provided the opportunity to vote on extending the Agreement for a fourth year. Out of the 245 staff who…
Electricity unions will today launch a multi-million dollar community campaign against aproposal by the O'Farrell Government to sell the state's electricity poles and wiresmonopoly to pay for unfunded election commitments.  ETU ASU Privatisation Launch