August 10, 2018
Senate inquiry into the use and manufacture of electric vehicles in Australia 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 employed in the vehicle manufacturing industry. The development of the market for electric vehicles (EVs), in the global context of a carbon constrained future, provides the federal and state governments with an opportunity to secure Australia a place in a growing market. This industry will provide high skill, high wages jobs now and in the future and the global race is on to secure them. The governments of other nations are already taking steps to encourage domestic industries to flourish. Without government support, the domestic industry – already reeling from the end of the conventional vehicle manufacturing industry – will miss out on this incredible opportunity. We have the skilled workers, we have much of the key infrastructure, what we need is for government to invest in this industry and grow Australian advanced manufacturing and secure the good jobs of the future.
June 06, 2018
Senate Inquiry into the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) represents over 70,000 workers who create, make and maintain across Australia. Safety is union business and the AMWU have a long and proud history of fighting for safer workplaces for all Australian workers. We believe that the first step to improving workplace safety and reducing the number of deaths caused by work, we need to properly understand the scale of the problem. No worker should ever go to work, never to return home. We must also ensure that work related injuries and disease are treated no less seriously than fatal injuries suffered in the workplace.
April 20, 2018
The AMWU believes that Free Trade Agreements should be closely scrutinised and subject to a more democratic and open process. You can read the full submission here.
February 19, 2018
Inquiry on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia 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 employed in manufacturing, engineering, printing and graphic design – industries at the cutting edge of technological change. Workers in these industries have borne the brunt of the changes in employer behaviour, waves of job shedding and contracting out that characterised the last 40 years. They are also experiencing the stagnant wages and growth in precarious work which undermine living standards and quality jobs in Australia.
September 29, 2017
Inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No.1) Bill 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No.2) Bill 2017 and the Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission about these important matters. The AMWU recommends that the legislation be rejected by the Senate. We reject the assumptions that underpin the proposed legislation and believe that the legislation will harm the Australian superannuation system and reduce the retirement incomes of millions of Australians. The AMWU supports the submission of the ACTU and wish to make the following contribution.
June 16, 2017
Without addressing the issue of wage theft – which includes, but goes well beyond the “sharp practices” outlined in the consultation paper – the government will be unable to avoid circumstances where employees are owed money by companies that have gone into insolvency.
June 12, 2017
Decisions of the Fair Work Commission and the Courts which interpret the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) have resulted in the objects and intentions of the Act being evaded by corporations.
April 12, 2017
The AMWU has written in support of the ACTU Submissions to the Fair Work Amendments: Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017
April 05, 2017
Click here to download the full submission.
March 31, 2017
Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission on the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Procurement Framework (the Framework). The AMWU supports and endorses the submission of the ACTU. The AMWU made a submission to an Inquiry into Commonwealth Procurement Procedures in December 2013. Sadly, most of the arguments raised in that submission are still relevant now as many of the problems identified have been allowed to fester. A copy of that submission has been provided as Attachment 1. The submission below is intended to complement our previous submission and that of other union parties to this inquiry.
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