Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union




September 25, 2019

Paul Bastian's Statement to the Senate Inquiry on the Union Busting Bill

I would like to thank the committee for providing the AMWU with the opportunity to give evidence in relation to this important legislation. The AMWU believes that these are bad laws and I would like to provide a brief historical example to illustrate why we have come to this opinion. In 2001, James Hardie put $293 million into a trust fund designed to meet all future compensation claims for asbestos victims. They then moved the corporate headquarters to the Netherlands, taking an estimated $1.9 billion dollars in assets with them. They promised the Supreme Court in NSW that this money would be available, should the compensation fund that was established fall short. However, in 2003, James Hardie severed links with their remaining Australian companies, cutting off any call on those funds now held in the Netherlands. Because Australia did not have the required treaty arrangements in place with the Netherlands, all the assets and incomes of the parent company were out of reach of James Hardie’s Australian victims, despite the assurances they gave to the court.

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August 21, 2019


The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) welcomed the long-awaited decision handed down today by the majority of the Full Court of the Federal Court in Mondelez v AMWU & ors. Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, took the AMWU and two of its members to Court in a bid to strip all shift-workers of their personal leave.

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January 25, 2019

2019 Delegates' Forums

Each year across the country the AMWU holds forums for its Delegates. This year, the Delegates Forum is more important than ever - and it is coming up soon. The time to Change the Rules is now. With a federal election coming up this may be our only chance to talk ideas, strategies and report back on important events before we kick out this chaotic Government. These plans we make together will build our new united union and make us stronger than ever. As Delegates you are the core of our union and your ideas and experience are vital in ensuring we as a union and as a collective, lead the way in changing the rules in our workplaces and community. Please mark these dates in your diary and make your leave arrangements, so you are free to attend. Tasmania: 26th February South Australia: 4th March Western Australia: 5th March  New South Wales: 12th March Victoria: 14th March Queensland: 25th and 26th March

January 24, 2019

Life hacks for getting back to work in 2019

It’s now three weeks into January and your new year resolution to drink less, go to the gym, and learn a new language have all gone to hell. Never fear though because everyone knows that the year doesn’t actually start until after the Australia Day public holiday. So, with your 2019 actually starting next week, hit the pause button on Marie Kondo and check out our seven life hacks for getting your work and life on track this year: How not to drown in student debt 101; Why you should stop being a scab and join your union; Money money money, must be funny, but so is checking your payslip; How to get free money - do your goddamn tax return; You're gonna get old so deal with it; Make your holidays work as hard for you as you work for them; Industrial relations is fascinating and I want to know more. 

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January 21, 2019


21 January 2019 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union has welcomed the announcement that, if elected, a Shorten Labor Government would deliver a national procurement policy that will create more local manufacturing jobs around Australia. 

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January 14, 2019

AMWU Elections

Elections for State and National Officers will be held in 2019. Nominations open on 14 January 2019 and must reach the Returning Officer not later than 5:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on 21 February 2019. For more information, including notices of election and nomination forms, click here.

January 04, 2019

Planning your 2019 annual leave

In 2019, we are fighting to Change the Rules. But when it comes to taking your annual leave, we’re about to teach you how to Game the Rules. Play it right and you can turn your 20 days annual leave into over 40 days off.

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December 06, 2018

My Health Record Update.

An important update on the My Health Record legislation. 

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September 28, 2018

Union response to job losses at Cadbury

28 September 2018  AMWU TASMANIA SECRETARY JOHN SHORT WILL HOLD A MEDIA CONFERENCE ON THE JOB LOSSES AT CADBURY.WHEN: 11.30am, FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018WHERE: OUTSIDE CADBURY’S FACTORY, 100 CADBURY RD, CLAREMONT, TASMANIA. Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) members at Cadbury are disappointed the company has decided to make more than 10 per cent of the workforce redundant.

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September 17, 2018

AMWU demands apprenticeship quotas to stop the collapse in female apprenticeship numbers

17 September 2018: The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union will lead a delegation of female apprentices to Canberra today to meet with MPs about the exodus of women out of the trade-based apprenticeships.

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