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Fuel Security Announcement

Fuel Security Announcement

The coronavirus outbreak has exposed Australia’s weak fuel security policy and shown how vital it is to protect and strengthen our fuel refining capabilities. When the next crisis hits, Australia currently only has 50 days of fuel available. We’d run out of petrol within weeks and the shelves in supermarkets would be empty within days. It’s not good enough, and […]

Gas Announcement

Gas Announcement

As all manufacturing workers know, the cost and reliability of energy are vital to the survival of our sector. While gas prices crashed worldwide, Australians continued to pay a premium to use our own natural resources. This price gouging has sent manufacturers to the wall and allowed foreign multi-national gas companies to extract billions from us while we all suffer. It’s not […]

Vale’ Jim Doyle

Vale’ Jim Doyle

Members, it is with a degree of sadness that I inform you that Life Member Jim Doyle passed away on Saturday August 15th at the age of 102. Jim joined the AWU at the age of 15 initially working the shearing sheds in North Queensland. In his 87 years of continuous membership of the AWU […]

O.I Glass Sale

O.I Glass Sale

Please find link below for a Letter from State and Branch Secretary Peter Lamps to members regarding the Sale of O.I Glass. O-I Glass Sale

Is Your Workplace Safe From Silica Dust

Is Your Workplace Safe From Silica Dust

Each year 600,000 Australian workers are exposed to silica dust. When inhaled silica dust can cause a variety of lung diseases including silicosis, the new asbestosis. Silica dust can also cause kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Currently the mandatory silica dust exposure limit is 0.1mg per cubic metre, averaged over an eight-hour day. […]

Grant Cunningham Wins First AWU Yossi Berger Award

Grant Cunningham Wins First AWU Yossi Berger Award

The inaugural Yossi Berger Safety Award has been presented to Grant Cunningham, an AWU delegate and the Rolling Mill Team at Liberty Primary Steel in Whyalla, South Australia. The award was presented by National Secretary Daniel Walton, and South Australian Branch Secretary Peter Lamps at the Steel Works. “At the AWU, nothing is more important […]

AFP Media Raids — A Disturbing Threat to Press Freedom

AFP Media Raids — A Disturbing Threat to Press Freedom

Lately, we have seen a series of raids by the AFP on media outlets. This is both a disturbing Government attack on press freedom and highlights the need for strong protections for whistle-blowers in the public and private sectors, in this case in The Afghan Files. Journalism relies on being able to protect sources that are […]