APESMA has had some big wins already this year. These are real examples of how APESMA can take on the big issues and deliver tangible outcomes for professionals.
These following examples show that APESMA has been able to convince large private sector employers, the Federal Government, the workplace Ombudsman, the Senate, State Governments, Commissioners of Fair Work Australia and a very large Federal Government Department in the Department of Defence, that our agenda for change should be adopted.
Thank you to everyone involved – these results are due to hard work and collaboration of both APESMA members and staff.
APESMA campaign saves auto jobs
After starting a campaign in November last year to save more than 400 engineering jobs at Holden the Federal Government, SA and Victorian governments and Holden have delivered a $1.27 billion co-investment plan that will retain our engineering workforce. APESMA campaign saves Holden jobs
APESMA calls for FWO to audit pharmacies
APESMA is on the cusp of convincing the Fair Work Ombudsman to conduct a national audit of pharmacies across Australia after an audit in Queensland found that 44 per cent of pharmacies were underpaying their staff or had committed some other breach of workplace laws. Shocking audit proves Pharmacy Guild wrong on underpayments
APESMA achieves Senate inquiry into the engineering skills shortage
After successfully lobbying for a Senate inquiry into the engineering skills shortage, APESMA consulted and engaged with engineering members in manner reminiscent of the 1961 Professional Engineer wage case. The scale and scope of this consultation led APESMA to produce key recommendations, a formal written submission and last week APESMA presented evidence to the inquiry.
Significantly, this evidence included the experiences of an APESMA member from the Department of Transport and Main Roads in QLD, who was able to present real life examples of the shortage of engineering costing taxpayers' money and causing significant delays. National engineering shortage needs strong action now
APESMA wins landmark FWA case on good faith bargaining
APESMA’s Collieries Division recently won a Fair Work Australia case, proving that a subsidiary of BHP was not bargaining in good faith with members at Appin Mine. This win puts more onus on employers to bargain in good faith. This is an extraordinary result from extremely brave members who have had to endure ridiculous pressure to achieve what is a basic human right. FWA delivers major win for good faith bargaining
APESMA presents to Victorian Parliament inquiry into infrastructure delivery
Last week APESMA presented to the Victorian Parliament’s estimates committee’s inquiry into the effective delivery of infrastructure. This involved surveying our government engineering members and putting forward a convincing case about how the lack of engineers was causing infrastructure projects to blow out and be delivered late. Lack of engineers costing Victorians big money
APESMA achieves landmark agreement with Department of Defence
In another important win APESMA has recently signed an unprecedented agreement with the Department of Defence that will enable APESMA and the Department to fix ongoing engineering workforce problems that have been plaguing the Department for years. Defence leadership and APESMA commit to change
APESMA wins WA Govt funds to identify engineering jobs in the mining boom
This in turn has convinced some major engineering employers to work with us to help them win supply work and offers us a significant recruiting opportunity. APESMA welcomes WA's push to secure local jobs
While we celebrate these big wins, we recognise that there are many, many more wins achieved every day by APESMA members and staff in workplaces around Australia. We'd love to hear about your wins – big and small – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org