Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union




August 08, 2016

National Conference 2016 wrap-up

Last week, The AMWU held it's National Conference in Sydney.  One of the major resolutions to come out of this conference was "a new union". This resolution was unanimously endorsed in a push to reaffirm our union's commitment to moving forward as one voice, building bigger capacity, strength and bargaining capacity in light of likely amalgamations in the near future. 

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June 13, 2016

AMWU QLD/NT branch welcomes Labor’s chemical contamination response

The AMWU QLD/NT branch welcomes Labor’s announcement concerning the response to perfluorinated chemical contamination at defence sites.  Labor Senator and Shadow Minister for Defense Stephen Conroy announced that a Federal Labor Government would establish an intergovernmental taskforce to develop “a nationally consistent approach to contamination” and to develop health guidelines, containment and management standards. The taskforce would have 90 days to put forward recommendations so that the Government can start addressing the issue as quickly as possible.

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May 27, 2016

2016 QLD/NT State Conference

Over the last two days delegates have been working hard representing members at the 2016 Queensland and Northern Territory AMWU State Conference.

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May 25, 2016

Queensland Aerospace 10-year Roadmap

The Queensland Government is currently developing an “Aerospace 10-year Roadmap”. The Roadmap is designed to set a forward plan for the future of the Aerospace industry with a focus on job growth.   Click here to read the AMWU’s submission on the future of Queensland manufacturing.

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May 09, 2016

Labour Day 2016

This year, tens of thousands of workers across Queensland and the Northern Territory marched in celebration of the achievements of workers and the Union movement.Check out our video wrap-up of Labour Day 2016 here.

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May 09, 2016

2016 Women's Conference Wrap-up

Last week, AMWU women from across Queensland came together to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing women in the manufacturing industry at the 2016 AMWU Women’s Conference. Check out our video wrap up of the 2016 Women’s Conference here.

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April 22, 2016


Last week’s Queensland Apprentice Conference proved that being an active union member can help you get the edge on your apprenticeship. A group of dedicated apprentices emerged from our Queensland Apprentice Conference last week asserting their right to improved training and greater fairness from employers to excel at their trades. The 25 apprentices at the AMWU in Brisbane discovered the details of their workplace rights under awards and the Fair Work Act in talks from union experts, leaving with knowledge and confidence that the union can give them an edge in their workplaces. Check out our video wrap up of the AMWU apprentices Conference here. 

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April 22, 2016

Queensland Jobs Growth Summit

On April 26, AMWU State Secretary Rohan Webb will be speaking at The Queensland Jobs Growth Summit 2016. The summit will bring together Ministers and other key policy makers with leaders of the industries driving jobs growth in Queensland. Rohan will be speaking about how it is vital that we do not simply create more jobs but that we create good jobs that support workers, their families and their communities.  If you would like to read the AMWU’s submission, please click here.

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April 13, 2016

AMWU Kids Activity Book

We are proud to announce the launch of our 2016 AMWU Kids Activity Book! Our kids are the future of our union and the AMWU Kids Activity Book is a fun way to engage and educate children about the AMWU and the union movement. They will learn more about the role and values of the union through entertaining word searches, pictures and stories.  Download and print out your own copy by clicking here.  AMWU Kids Activity Books will be available (with pencils and crayons) to children throughout the year at events like Labour Day and other community events. You can also find a copy of it here on our website.

April 11, 2016

Members' Stories

Royce Cusick is AMWU delegate from BSR Amberely. His story is about the how the skills and training he received at an AMWU delegate course helped him in real life and how he was able to pass this training along to others. "A few years ago as an inexperienced delegate, I attended a delegate course with Doug Loggie. During the course, Doug enlisted the help of some of the other organisers, one of whom was Steve Franklin. During an exercise for discussions with management, Steve played the role of the manager. He acted aggressive, dismissive and uncooperative, goading me into more emotional argument than a rational debate. I learned a valuable lesson from this experience and found it useful during a Health and Safety Representative's course I attended with fellow Health and Safety Representatives. I employed the same tactics as Steve in a similar role play exercise where I was acting as management. The 3 representatives opposite (2 were AMWU members) very effectively learned the same lesson and after a few Health and Safety Committee meetings understood that I (and Steve before me) was not as over the top as they thought." If you are interested in becoming a delegate, please click here.

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