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May 28, 2020

Submission: Select Committee on COVID-19

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. Our members have been working hard around the country to provide the Australian made goods and services that we need, know and trust in times of crisis. Our members are proud of their work that kept our country safe and our economy running during these unprecedented times. Manufacturing industry has an important role to play in the national response to COVID-19 and its aftermath. It is in our national interest that we develop a sustainable and productive manufacturing industry that delivers world class products and services for Australia and the world. The AMWU supports the submission by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to this committee.

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March 06, 2020

Submission: Research and development tax credits

Senate Inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. The workers we represent are employed by companies that engaged in Research and Development (R&D) to improve their products and services so that they can improve productivity, grow their market and export Australian-made goods to the rest of the world. Reduction in support for R&D sends the wrong message The Treasury Laws Amendment (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Bill 2019 (the Bill) will discourage investment in R&D in Australia, leading to some companies shifting these highly skilled, highly paid positions overseas, or abandoning them entirely. This will lead to lower productivity growth, a less a competitive Australian manufacturing industry, less investment in new and upgraded capital and, in the long run, fewer jobs and poorer wages for Australian workers.

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March 06, 2020

Submission: wage theft

Unlawful underpayment of employees' remuneration The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. Many of the workers that we represent have experienced wage theft. Further, the wages and conditions of AMWU members who work for businesses that do properly pay their workers are under threat from the widespread wage theft which puts unfair pressure on their employers to cut employee costs. The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission on this important issue. For your information, we have also attached the submission of the AMWU Western Australian Branch to an inquiry undertaken by the WA State Government into wage theft as we believe it will assist the committee in its deliberations.

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September 27, 2019

Submission: Northern Australia agenda

Select Committee on the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain. Many of our members live and work in Northern Australia and have felt the impact of the governments ineffective policy to deliver jobs and economic growth in their communities. The AMWU supports the submissions made to this inquiry by the AMWU’s Western Australian and, Queensland & Norther Territory Branches. More needs to be done to drive growth in regional communities around Australia, including in Northern Australia. For too long the government has neglected these communities and under invested in training, skills and infrastructure that they need to compete on the global stage. The Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund was meant to address this, but it has proven to be woefully inadequate.

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September 15, 2019

Submission: Future of Regional Jobs

You can read the AMWU submission into the Inquiry into Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas by clicking here.

August 29, 2019

Submission: Proper Use of Worker Benefits

Submission – Inquiry into Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. Many of the workers that we represent are covered by EBAs that include contributions to Worker Entitlement Funds (WEFs).

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August 26, 2019

Submission: Inquiry into the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019

Inquiry into the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. The workers that we represent, including the hundreds of rank and file members who serve on our national, state and industry governing councils, will be adversely affected by the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 (the Bill). The AMWU is run by its members – it always has been and always will be – but the Bill make the role of our workplace leaders, who give up their time to improve the wages and conditions of their workmates, even more precarious. The Bill has the potential to bar long standing members for running for office, even in a volunteer capacity, and frustrate the democratic will of the AMWU membership when they choose the leadership of their union. In addition, the Bill will make it harder for the AMWU to improve the working lives and communities of our members and their families. The Bill allows politicians and big business to exert undue interference on union affairs. They are designed to allow external actors make it harder for unions to fight successful campaigns, win improvements in pay and conditions and achieve a fairer society.

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August 23, 2019

Submission: Inquiry into Free Trade Agreements 2019

Inquiry into the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain. Our members work in trade exposed industries around the country and they have felt the impact of trade deals that have sent entire industries and thousands of Australian jobs overseas. We remain committed to ensuring that any trade deals entered into by Australia strengthen our economy, improve labour standards at home and abroad, and deliver tangible benefits to Australian workers, their families and their communities. The AMWU supports the submissions made to these inquiries by the ACTU and AFTINET.

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March 12, 2019

Submission: Phoenixing

Inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain in every city and region across Australia. We represent workers who have been affected by phoenixing and have a proud history of advocating for reform in this area.

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November 02, 2018

Submission: Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Inquiry into Aspects of the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement revisited The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain. Our members work in trade exposed industries around the country and they have felt the impact of trade deals that have sent entire industries and thousands of Australian jobs overseas. We remain committed to ensuring that any trade deals entered into by Australia strengthen our economy, improve labour standards at home and abroad, and deliver tangible benefits to Australian workers, their families and their communities.

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