For 42 years the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, manufacturing workers, and the majority of Australians with common sense, have been saying that it is not rational to use Australia’s mining resources to diminish the role of manufacturing in our society. In the main their rational thinking and proposals (in the case of the AMWU, see below) to maintain and develop our manufacturing voice have been ignored – especially by Liberal National Party governments – or downgrade
Yesterday, I joined with a bunch of metalworkers who work in Australia’s shipbuilding industry to hand out leaflets about building the next fleet of Australia’s navy ships in Australia, instead of spending taxpayers dollars to import from other countries.
Its pretty simple, you would have thought: Australia is an island nation and we have the capability to do the job. We have been campaigning for the past 9 months to get the federal government to commit to building the next
Mainstream media has precious little time to consistently report – with due respect – the efforts of manufacturing workers to save the industry and defend their jobs. But every week the AMWU reports what AMWU members are striving to do to challenge the threats. Here are 2 great examples of manufacturing union members defending and creating new jobs. http://www.amwu.org.au/read-article/news-detail/1201/Goulburn-Valley-bites-back-at-food-industry-crisis/ http://www.amwu.org.au/