Victorian government doesn’t understand manufacturing: AMWU

The AMWU and Victorian government continue to blame each other for troubles in the automotive industry.

The AMWU and Victorian government continue to blame each other for troubles in the automotive industry.

In an open letter, the AMWU’s Victorian state secretary has criticised manufacturing minister Richard Dalla-Riva, who he claims has not met with the union since the Baillieu government came to power two years ago.

“We are concerned you don't understand the issues confronting manufacturing," wrote Diehm.

"We are in the dark as to what you see as your objectives to keeping jobs in Victoria and raising workers' skills in order to boost their potential, productivity and capacity into the future."

Dalla-Riva refuted Diehm, claiming the government had included $58 in the last budget to increase manufacturers’ productivity, and blaming the union for harming auto parts maker Autodom, currently in receivership, through strikes earlier this year.

"Mr Diehm is clearly embarrassed by the fact that recent industrial action by his union colleagues, including unlawful pickets, has driven some automotive companies to the brink of collapse," Dalla-Riva told the Herald Sun.

The AMWU earlier claimed that the Baillieu government is more interested in “playing politics” than helping the state’s automotive manufacturers.

The union has said that Autodom’s woes highlight the need for a national manufacturing plan.