Benefits and services in being a Member

Being a financial Member of the Union brings a wide range of benefits and services that come from your EBA. Paying your Union fees allows your Union to provide the resources to negotiate not only your wage and site conditions/amenities, RDO'S, redundancy pay, site allowances, picnic day, 10 days sick leave a year accumulative, 4 weeks annual leave, inclement weather pay, OH&S and WorkCover protection and support, protection of the trade through registration and licensing, maintaining apprenticeship based training, etc, but also deliver the following through your EBA. See also our apprentice information section.

24/7 Counselling and support

A great initiative has been achieved by the members "Wellbeing and Support Services" at Incolink to provide free 24/7 support to Members requiring counselling and support. These services are made available by Union Member contributions to Incolink through your redundancy fund as part of your EBA.

All members including regional based members can access Incolink counselling services across Victoria and Tasmania simply by calling 1300 000 129 anytime.

Free training

Training doesn't finish with trade school. The Plumbing Trade is at the forefront of facing the challenges of reducing greenhouse gases and saving water and energy for the Victorian Community. The Union had the fore-sight of meeting these challenges, and developed a six star training facility that does not exist anywhere else in the world.

All training is FREE to Union Members, and fees are subsidised to your immediate family. 

Superannuation

Your EBA requires your employer to pay contributions of not less than 9.5% (SGAA) of the members ordinary time earnings paid monthly into your account.

When absent from work as a result of a work related injury or illness, or long service leave, your employer must pay a minimum level of contributions as listed in your EBA (except apprentices).

Trade school fees

Apprentices presenting reports of satisfactory progress will be reimbursed all fees for tuition and materials paid by them in respect of their apprentice training.

Private Plumbing Insurance

The PPTEU has secured Private Plumbing Insurance for the year 2017/2018. The premium for the cover this year is $90.00.  To be eligible for this insurance you must be a full and financial member of the PPTEU for the full term of the policy, you must also be registered with the Victorian Building Authority.

Long service leave

CoINVEST is the trading name for CoINVEST Limited which is responsible for administrating the Construction Industry Portable Long Service Leave Scheme throughout Victoria.

All time spent with your employer counts as service, including annual leave, sick leave, WorkCover, RDO’s, public holidays and time spent at TAFE. 

Conditions apply; however, after 7 years of continuous service credited with CoINVEST, a pro-rata claim can be made. 

Check with your employer to make sure you are registered or you can check your own details on the CoINVEST website by setting up your own 24/7 online access.

UnionAssist

Working with your OH&S Officers, Steve Rocco and Chris Giblin, UnionAssist provides free expert advisers to help you with your WorkCover disputes at the Conciliation stage.


Leisure time injury and illness insurance benefits

The leisure time injury and illness insurance benefits listed below are of a general nature only. Members are advised to download the Building and Construction Industry Accident and Illness Benefit Program brochure and read the OH&S bulletin: Changes to leisure time insurance benefit after 1st October 2016.

You may need to fill out two claim forms on separate insurers to receive your full benefit, depending on where your employer pays IPT on your behalf.

Leisure time illness insurance (IPT)

TAC Top-up

Provides cover where a worker suffers an injury whilst traveling to and from work and receives an entitlement from the TAC. The cover makes up the difference between what the TAC pay (80% of ordinary earnings) and 100% of ordinary earnings (combined total $1,500) to maximum of 104 weeks.

WorkCover Top-up

When you receive workers compensation from a work related injury or illness, WorkCover will only reimburse the injured worker 95%/80% of the pre- injury earnings at the ordinary rate of pay. During the first year (52 weeks) the employer is required to make up the remaining 5%/20%. However, from the 53rd week to a further 78 weeks the 20% is paid by the insurance cover. It is the injured workers responsibility to initiate the claim.

Workplace death and capital benefits

Provides cover to a worker, where a worker suffers a workplace injury resulting in death or permanent total disablement, which is not illness, and covered by WorkCover.

Portable sick leave

Cover available to workers where their employer pays the portable sick leave insurance contributions. This is an EBA entitlement and shown on your Incolink statement.

Incolink Apprentice Support Worker Team

The Incolink Apprentice Support Workers Team offer a free confidential support and referral service to Apprentices to ensure they are equipped to deal with workplace, trade school and personal pressures and difficulties. This includes information on issues like drug and alcohol abuse and suicide prevention. The workers are also available to provide follow-up support and counselling to apprentices.  

The Apprentice Support Team can be directly accessed through Incolink by ringing (03) 9639 3000

Leisure time injury insurance

Emergency transport

Provides cover to a worker and his/her dependants, for emergency ambulance cover anywhere in Australia to a maximum of $12,000 road/$15,000 air/ per trip. Unmarried financially dependent children up to 16 years of age, or up to 25 years of age if a full time student are deemed to be dependents. The Member is covered for a period of 9 consecutive months from the last recorded and paid redundancy contribution and/or Apprentice days provided that:

  • they are unemployed and
  • are actively seeking work within the building industry and
  • registered as seeking work through Incolink, Centrelink or the Union or equivalent.

Accidental dental cover

Provides cover to a worker and his/her dependants, for accidental damage to sound and healthy teeth, occurring outside work hours. Conditions and exclusions apply such as fillings without damage to the tooth structure, wisdom teeth, milk teeth etc. The Member is covered for a period of 9 consecutive months from the last recorded and paid redundancy contribution and/or Apprentice days provided that:

  • they are unemployed and
  • are actively seeking work within the building industry and
  • registered as seeking work through Incolink, Centrelink or the Union or equivalent.

Broken bones

Provides cover to a worker who suffers an injury during their leisure time, resulting in a break or hairline fracture of a bone

Capital benefits

Provides cover to a worker who suffers an injury in their leisure time resulting in a number of payable conditions. ( a list of payable conditions are available in the Incolink brochure.

Journey cover and capital benefits

A weekly benefit is available where a worker suffers an injury in direct travel to and from work, and is not covered by TAC or WorkCover, which prevents a worker from working.

Funeral cover

Provides a benefit of $9,000 when a worker dies. Cover is provided 7 days/24 hours. The Member is covered for a period of 9 consecutive months from the last recorded and paid redundancy contribution and/or Apprentice days provided that:

  • they are unemployed and
  • are actively seeking work within the building industry and
  • registered as seeking work through Incolink, Centrelink or the Union or equivalent. 

Members are advised to check that their contributions are kept up to date by their employer, and to contact the Union should they have any inquiries when making a claim.