Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union




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.

April 07, 2016

AMWU Submission to the Queensland Labour Hire Inquiry

The Queensland Government is conducting an inquiry into the practices of the Labour Hire Industry.    The inquiry will consider: phoenixing and undercutting of conditions  impacts on regional communities, of replacing permanent employees, apprentices and trainees with labour hire workers labour hire and sham contracting being used to avoid workplace laws exploitation, harassment and other mistreatment of workers regulation of labour hire

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March 31, 2016

Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap

The Queensland Government is currently developing an “Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap”. The Roadmap is designed to set a forward plan for the future of the manufacturing industry over the next 10 years, with a focus on innovation.    Click Here to read the AMWU’s submission on the future of Queensland manufacturing.

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March 15, 2016

Delegates Forums 2016

Last week, AMWU delegates from across Queensland came together to talk about the future of the manufacturing industry in Australia. Delegates’ forums were held in Brisbane, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville drawing in hundreds of passionate members from all walks of life. National Secretary Paul Bastian and State Secretary Rohan Webb spoke to delegates about the importance of building up members and having a strong and active union base in the face of the challenges that lie ahead in the coming years.

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February 11, 2016

A message for UGL

AMWU members have a number of growing concerns about UGL and their operations in the mining industry. As highly skilled tradespersons working in various skills and disciplines, the downturn of the local mining industry is of major concern to workers, families and our local communities.

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September 04, 2015

Sign the petition to stop job losses at German Creek

On 3 September 2015, the German Creek, Lake Lindsay Mine announced that 85 positions would be made redundant.Some will be labour hire workers, some will be coal technicians, some will be coal operators, but all will be real workers with real families and a valuable contribution to make to our community.

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