The Australian release of a global manufacturing competitiveness survey has added to the debate on ways to improve productivity.
The mining boom has brought with it the opportunity for direct export, increased demand for local resources and stimulated growth in services for the resources export supply chain.
The Australian Industry Group’s Innes Willox will make a stern critique of the current workplace laws today.
Industry leaders have commented on the pressures facing manufacturers, following yesterday’s poor PMI result.
The release of the Australia in the Asian Century white paper has cited new opportunities for Australian manufacturers, but industry have criticised the paper’s neglect of industrial relations reform.
The head of Dow Chemical Company, Andrew Liveris, has used an address to the National Press Club to speak up for manufacturing and a strong local gas supply.
Business groups have said the federal government’s response to the Fair Work Act Review do not go far enough.
Yesterday’s interest rate cut has been welcomed by manufacturers.
The Australian Industry Group – PwC Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) survey for September shows the sector’s decline was not arrested last month.
Employers have criticised demands by unions for workers to be paid for public holidays on which they are not scheduled to work, The Australian reports.
Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox has expressed optimism about the manufacturing industry, but says it should accept a high Australian dollar as the new normal.
The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report has seen Australia’s ranking fall four places to 20th.
The priority for boosting productivity is deregulating the labour market, University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event yesterday.
The Australian Industry Group/PwC Performance of Manufacturing Index crept up five points to 45.3 for the month of August, but the sector continues to shrink.
Yesterday’s decision to remove the floor price on carbon of $15 per tonne was welcomed by the sharemarket and the AIG, but some are saying it doesn’t do enough.
Former Prime Minister John Howard has suggested that individual contracts and unfair dismissal laws should be examined by Tony Abbott, the federal opposition leader.
A report shows expenditure on energy as a percentage of turnover increased by 10% between 2008 and 2011, as pressures mount from the carbon tax and rising electricity bills.
Allowing non-conforming products to saturate the market will breed non-compliant business models.
In worrying news for Australian manufacturers, industry activity dropped again during May, reaching its lowest level in nine months, according to an Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) report.
The Government’s promise to deliver a surplus in 2012-13 will come at a considerable cost to industry.