AWU targets BHP refinery
The Australian Workers Union is attempting to force BHP Billiton back into collective bargaining negotiations for workers at the Worsley aluminium plant in WA.
Analysts tip more steel job losses
Steelmakers will face a tough year in 2013, with supply outpacing demand and the strong Australian dollar cutting into profits, according to Ernst & Young’s annual steel report.
Two more manufacturers close their doors
A Brisbane stainless steel maker and a South Australian soda ash manufacturer have both decided to close their doors following financial difficulty and competition from cheap imports.
Cheap Chinese goods aren’t so cheap anymore
New figures show foreign investment in China is falling as rising wages and costs force companies to search for new manufacturing bases.
New contracts boost WA brewer
Shares in WA-based Gage Roads Brewing have jumped after the company executed contracts with a Margaret River business and global food and beverage company.