Naval Group Australia signs submarines MoU with unions

Naval Group Australia has met an agreement with five industrial unions on the delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s future submarine capability.

The company, which designs and builds Australia’s twelve future submarines, has joined forces with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Australian Workers Union, the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, and the Professionals Australia.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the Pacific 2017 Naval Conference in Sydney.

The MoU outlines the partnership principles that will govern how the parties will work together in order to deliver the future submarine capability for the Royal Australian Navy on-time and on-budget.

The organisations will engage in open discussions to identify opportunities relating to the planning, development and delivery of the Future Submarine Program (FSP), while developing, extending and protecting the Australian workforce.

The Future Submarine Program will be a critical component of Australia’s national security and sovereignty for decades and is the largest defence capital investment program in Australia’s history.

“Naval Group is committed to establishing an enduring, productive and globally competitive workplace relations framework that will form the basis for our Future Submarine operations in Australia,” said Brent Clark, Naval Group Australia’s interim CEO.

“The construction of the Future Submarines in Australia will create a sustainable maritime industry, bolster the Australian economy for generations to come and create certainty for the many hundreds of Australian suppliers who will be involved in the FSP”.

The MoU also outlines how Naval Group will consult with unions, universities, TAFE and Registered Training Organisations to develop the skills of the workforce required for the program which is expected to create 2,900 Australian jobs.