Engineering and Infrastructure

We represent 6,100 members covered by 260 collective agreements in construction, heavy fabrication, timber and forestry.

Engineering, Fabrication and building

We represent workers in construction, boiler making, air conditioning, boatbuilding, scaffolding and joinery – and pretty much anything else that involves heavy fabrication or building.

E tū members work at places like Fitzroy Engineering, Wormald, Fletcher Construction and Fletcher Steel, Chubb, James Hardie, and the Otis and Schindler elevator companies.

We fight for fair pay and conditions across the industry. Our construction team are working hard in Canterbury to promote proper health and safety and organise construction workers in the Christchurch rebuild.

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Timber and Forestry

We represent workers in solid wood products, pulp and paper, panels, packaging, silviculture and harvesting.

E tū members work at companies like Carter Holt Harvey, Kinleith Mill, Orora Packaging, Nelson Pine, Daiken and Juken.

By joining the union, timber and forestry workers are ensuring they get a better deal. Members of strongly unionised sites have won decent pay increases, overtime pay, and good minimum start rates.

We’ve opposed unfair mass drug testing at sawmills, and campaigned hard on health and safety at work.

If you work in engineering or infrastructure, join E tū for a fair deal at work.

International affiliations

We’re affiliated with the Building and Wood Workers’ International and the global union IndustriALL. We work closely with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, the Australian Workers’ Union, the Electrical Trades Union and CFMEU

Lift safety focus of International Workers Memorial Day for E tū

E tū is focussing on lift safety as part of commemorations for International Workers Memorial Day which is marked globally on April 28th.

This is the day workers worldwide remember those who died on the job, or from work-related diseases and illnesses.

E tū urges delay to Top Energy job cuts

E tū is seeking a halt to Top Energy’s plan to cut jobs, after a linesman suffered serious injuries in an incident in Kaitaia on Saturday. 

The person is in Whangarei Hospital after falling from a ladder onto a Top Energy vehicle, whilst doing urgent repair work at the height of the weekend storm.

General Cable closure devastating for local

E tū says the closure of General Cable in Christchurch is news its members have been dreading and the impact will be measured in more than just lost jobs.

General Cable confirmed yesterday it will cease manufacturing in this country from March next year, with the loss of more than 160 jobs.

E tū calls for inquiry into ultra-fast broadband build

E tū is calling for an inquiry into the ultra-fast broadband network after more complaints of shoddy installation work.

In a case dubbed “fibre to the throne”, wiring for a UFB connection has been draped over a toilet, which technicians say is potentially dangerous.

E tū Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says it’s the latest example of poor quality work which is threatening the integrity of the network.

Auckland airport “clutter” on tarmac hazardous for workers and passengers

E tū says a failure to invest properly in Auckland International Airport is creating chaos on the tarmac and a poor quality experience for visitors.

At yesterday’s AGM, the Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood brushed off concerns about the use of buses to take passengers to flight gates.

But E tū’s Head of Aviation, Kelvin Ellis says the concerns are well-founded.