Union pushing for one super metal industry award

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Union pushing for one super metal industry award

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) wants 110 current awards amalgamated into one giant metal industry award (MIA).

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The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) wants 110 current awards amalgamated into one giant metal industry award (MIA).

The union’s Sally Taylor told the AIRC’s hearing into the award modernisation process that the new super award would cover 18 separate industries and have a respondency of 17 unions and trade labour councils and 17 employer organisations.

She said there are also nine industrial committees cited, seven relating to NAPSAs in New South Wales and two operating in South Australia.

Taylor said in proposing a single MIA the union had drawn awards from the chemical, brass, copper and non-ferrous coal treatment, engine drivers, glass glue and gelatine industries, industries not otherwise assigned, glue manufacturing, meat, metal, Northern Territory public transport, rubber plastic and cablemaking, scientific services, ship building, sugar, space tracking and technical industries.

Bulk of awards from metal industry

However, the bulk of the awards are drawn from the metal industry (43) with 20 from rubber plastic and cablemaking industry, and a significant number also from the technical services industries.

Taylor said the 110 industrial instruments comprised transitional pre-reform common rule awards and NAPSAs ‘which the AMWU submits forms the basis for the creation of a modern award for the metal, engineering and associated industries’.

‘Whilst the detail of modern MIA is not final and consultations with industry organisations at a rudimentary stage, we believe it’s appropriate at this point in time to bring the draft list into the public arena so that interested parties and organisations and the Commission can see the thinking behind our proposal,’ she told the AIRC Full Bench.


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