Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union



Our people

Steve Murphy - NSW Secretary


Steve started his working life as an apprentice fitter in the Hunter region of NSW. It was at this time that he also joined his union and became a union activist. He became a site delegate whilst still completing his apprenticeship. 

In 2003, Steve started work as an Organiser from the Newcastle Office. In 2010, he was elected as the Assistant Secretary of the NSW Branch and became State Secretary in 2017.

“I first joined the union because I wanted the apprentices on my site to be treated better,”

“I was young, it was my first job, but I already knew that the union had my back.”

“In my years of organising, I’ve learned that there is no substitute for good workplace leaders,” he said. “Our union wins when members get active, when they start speaking up in meetings and when they take opportunities to lead in the workplace.” 


Robyn Fortescue - Assistant State Secretary Manufacturing Division



Robyn Fortescue started her working life in the union movement in 1990 when she started work as an organiser with the Association of Drafting, Supervisory, and Technical Employees. Following the amalgamation of that union with the Amalgamated Metalworkers Union, Robyn became the NSW Secretary of the NSW Technical, Supervisory and Administration division of the union.

In 2015, Robyn was elected as Assistant NSW Secretary Manufacturing Division.

Robyn is involved in a number of community organisations including as Chair of the BMiles Foundation which provides support for homeless women with mental illness. She was the Secretary of the Burma Campaign Australia for 2007-2014.

Robyn sits on the Executive of Unions NSW.


Vanessa Seagrove - NSW Print Division Secretary


Vanessa has been an Organiser with the AMWU for 14 years. She is passionate about improving the conditions of women in the manufacturing industry and ensuring that women get more opportunities for leadership roles.

She was elected the NSW Secretary of the Print Division of the AMWU in 2015.

Heidi Kaushal - NSW Food Division Secretary

Heidi started her working life as a process worker in the food industry in Western Sydney.

She was elected NSW Secretary of Food Division in 2015

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