Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union

 

JOIN US

AMWU Welcomes Labor's 90% Steel Pledge

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has welcomed NSW Labor’s announcement that, if elected, it would require the 90 per cent use of Australian-made steel in every publicly funded infrastructure project across the state. 

“This policy is great news for Australian steelworkers and great news for the people of the Illawarra,” said NSW AMWU Secretary Tim Ayres. “We believe that a strong and sustainable steel industry should be an important part of this state’s future and we are glad to see the Labor Party will support it.”

“I want to congratulate the member for Keira, Ryan Park, on his work in putting together this policy. He is a champion of his local community,” said Mr Ayres. “Today’s announcement represents the bold industry policy that our state deserves.”

“We look forward to working with NSW Labor to support local manufacturing in other industries such as trains, busses and other major engineering projects that would benefit from this approach,” he said.

The AMWU is proud to advocate for the mandated use of Australian steel in infrastructure projects as a cheap and effective way to support this strategically vital industry as it faces unprecedented international conditions.

A BIS Shrapnel report released last year found that a 90% local steel requirement would add only 0.2% cost to the state infrastructure, but would deliver $1.3 billion in real GDP and keep both Australian steelmakers in production, saving thousands of steelmaking jobs.

“The economic and social case for local steel requirements is clear. It is smart, cost-effective policy that will drive economic growth and support good jobs,” Mr Ayres said. 

Both the Victorian and South Australian governments have already mandated the use of Australian steel in infrastructure projects. In contrast, the Baird Government has continued to use imported steel on major infrastructure projects such as the North West Rail Link and the Sydney Convention Centre, a move which has put thousands of jobs at risk.

“Imported steel costs Australian jobs,” said Mr Ayres. “We need Australian governments to buy Australian steel and it is time for the Baird government to act.” 

The AMWU has renewed its call for Federal Labor to include mandated local content as part of its six-point plan to save the Australian steel industry.

 

“The future of Australian steel needs to be a priority of all governments,” Mr Ayres said.

  

Media Contact:                    Joe McKenzie                        0407931445

Share on

News

May 10, 2017

Budget 2017

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2017 Budget for manufacturing workers


Apr 28, 2017

Cbus Super chases lost super for members

This is sponsored content from CBus Superannuation.  Between October and December 2016 Cbus collected over...


Apr 28, 2017

Mondelez Survey Result

We asked you to share your views on the collective agreement offer by Mondelez and...

Happening now