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


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.


Belinda Griggs - NSW Assistant State Secretary

Belinda Griggs has been an AMWU member since 1991, where she joined as a pre-press operator in a Sydney print factory.

She was elected a delegate of the union 2011 and was appointed as an Industrial Officer of the AMWU in 2012.

Belinda is now an Assistant State Secretary of the union.

She comes from a union family and was proud to be the daughter of a printer and lead delegate of a branch of the AMWU.

Belinda says, “I am passionate about fighting for workers rights, and delivering good outcomes on pay and conditions for workers from all backgrounds”

Heidi Stenschke - NSW Assistant State Secretary

Heidi joined the AMWU in 2003.

Working in the food industry, she played a lead role as a delegate on the job, was active in the ‘Your rights at Work Campaign’ and was selected to represent members in the food industry when lobbying politicians to seek  improvements in food labelling (clearer county of origin) as well as improved regulation on the supermarket duopoly.

Appointed as an Industrial Officer to the NSW branch in 2013, Heidi has since been elected for a second term as Assistant State Secretary.

Her passions include advocating for women’s rights, worker’s rights and Health and Safety in the workplace.

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