APESMA has helped resolve almost 1800 workplace issues for its members in the last financial year with the most common issues being problems with employment contracts and awards.
Issues around employment contracts and awards comprised 41 per cent of members' issues, showing that these issues are experienced by members in all types of roles and at all stages of their careers..
Director of Industrial Relations Michael Butler said APESMA had built up expertise in helping engineers, scientists, managers, pharmacists and other professionals deal with workplace issues since 1946.
“Unfortunately many people think that professionals don't face difficult and complex problems with their management,” Mr Butler said.
“These statistics continue to show that some of the brightest and best educated professionals trust APESMA's experts to help resolve issues when they pop up.”
Mr Butler said APESMA membership helped professional concentrate on performing at their best, knowing that APESMA would always be on their side.
“APESMA is like insurance for your job,” Mr Butler said.
“Our Workplace Advice and Support service is the first port of call for members with workplace questions and it gives many member great peace of mind. They know that legal experts are ready to help when things take a turn for the worse.”
Mr Butler said APESMA had helped 52 members with bullying and harassment this year – a topic currently being debated by a Senate committee.