Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union




June 24, 2015

Abbott and Baird Sink Shipbuilding in the NSW Hunter

Just two weeks after BAE Maritime announced plans to pull out of Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne, Forgacs in Newcastle has announced 150 redundancies, with plans for more. 

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June 22, 2015


AMWU National President Andrew Dettmer today called on the Abbott Government to lift its game in the crucial area of apprenticeships following comments over the weekend by NSW Skills Minister, John Barilaro, indicating that higher wages and more support were needed for apprentices.

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June 17, 2015

China FTA Set to Trade Away Jobs; Sovereign Rights

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has joined the calls of concern around the signing of the China Free Trade Agreement today.

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June 16, 2015


The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is calling on the Abbott Government to recognise the crisis in Australian shipbuilding as BAE Maritime looks certain to pull out of Williamstown.  

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May 27, 2015

Pyne admits he doesn't care about South Australian jobs

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has condemned Minister Chris Pyne who this morning on ABC radio in Adelaide claimed that potentially building the first few submarines offshore would have no impact on jobs in South Australia.

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May 22, 2015

Union rejects 'rubbery figures' on air warfare destroyer

Claims about a massive cost blowout on the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project for the Navy are wildly inaccurate and ignore recent productivity gains at Adelaide’s ASC shipyard, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU).

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May 22, 2015

Cadbury Job Losses a Blow to Tasmania

PRESS CONFERENCE:  AMWU State Secretary John Short will speak to the media and take questions 12.30pm, Friday 22 May Cadbury Front Gates, Cadbury Factory, Claremont

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May 21, 2015

Sad Day as Holden has first ever forced redundancies

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has called today ‘a sad day for workers, for Adelaide and for Australia’ as Holden enacts its first ever forced redundancies in Australia.

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May 20, 2015

Labor’s Plan ignores the needs of FIFO Workers

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) welcomes Labor’s commitment to cracking down on multinational tax avoiders and to tightening the superannuation tax concessions. The union has long argued for these progressive changes.

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May 15, 2015

Abbott Government must act to protect Australia's shipbuilding capability.

The Abbott Government’s failure to address the crisis in naval shipbuilding has seen another 120 jobs lost today at ASC Shipbuilding in Adelaide.

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