The battle over WorkCover changes rages on. The latest round has to do with leave entitlements, according to a leaked email from a WorkCover official, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, via AAP newswires.
Kitchen manufacturer Australian Kitchen Industries (AKI) has entered into voluntary administration, announced administrator HLB Man Judd.
The recent loss of 440 manufacturing jobs at Ford Australia has generated a lot of debate about the long-term viability of the Australian car industry, and manufacturing in general.
While the pay for an apprentice in Australia varies by industry, there’s a strong case to be made that the average wage for this working segment is not enough to live on.
Last week, Ford Australia announced that it would be cutting 400 jobs, which will be split between plants in Melbourne’s north and Geelong. Paul Bastian, the national secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) called it a “kick in the guts” for employees and their families, while workers themselves were in a state of shock.
Ford’s announcement on Tuesday of 440 job cuts is the culmination of almost 40 years of automotive industry policy failure.
Ford Australia will terminate 440 manufacturing jobs by the end of the year, due to reduced demand for the locally-built Falcon.
Western Australia’s manufacturing workers turned up in droves to a rally last week demanding resource companies employ Australians.
With a recent report revealing that a majority of apprentices in the manufacturing industry have contemplated quitting their jobs because of poor wages, the new wage increase that went into effect on 1 July is good news – not only for the manufacturing industry, but for workers across all industries in Australia.
Alcoa is confident it can operate its Point Henry aluminium smelter until at least 2014, following an earlier business review casting doubt on the future of the manufacturer.
Manufacturing employment dropped during the 2011 financial year, and manufacturers were willing to pay more for skilled labour, according to official statistics.
Downer EDI has signed a new five year agreement with locomotive company Electro-Motive Diesel that will see locomotive manufacturing slowly move offshore.
Manufacturing jobs in Victoria have risen for the second consecutive quarter, despite the challenges of the strong dollar, official statistics show.
Australia’s manufacturing union is reeling at Fairfax’s decision to close two of its newspaper printing presses, claiming workers at the site shouldn’t be punished for the media giant’s “bad decisions”.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has slammed a discussion paper on the future of skills in Australia’s defence manufacturing industry as “too narrow”.
Deb Group has announced plans to build a $15 million manufacturing facility at Moorebank Business Park in south-west Sydney. The new facility will service the Australian and Southeast Asian markets.
A new CSR Gyprock plant at Yarraville, Victoria, was officially opened in May, securing 160 manufacturing jobs and hiking production by 45%.
With the manufacturing industry struggling and the mining sector continuing to thrive, factory workers in the coal mining community of Muswellbrook, NSW have managed to capitalise on the boom.
Is the surfboard industry yet another victim of the high Australian dollar?
Norsk Hydro has announced plans to close its Kurri Kurri smelting operation, as a result of weak earnings and an uncertain outlook for the future of the business.