A snap shot of the current status of Manufacturing in NSW would reveal some manufacturing industries are doing reasonably well in our competitive environment, these manufacturers are predominantly supporting the building and construction development both Commercial and Domestic.
Other manufacturers in Food and Beverage Equipment and Service are facing takeovers, selloffs and mergers usually making workers Redundant.
The overwhelming majority of manufacturing employers are surviving on marginal financial bottom lines bringing in to question their ability to provide future jobs , train new employees and engage apprentices.
Wage increases have been slowing and in many instances members are experiencing no increases while their Senior Management staff experience large Bonuses for cutting costs including cutting staff.
Members should be very much aware of tactics being adopted by Employers during negotiations of their Enterprise Agreements whereby, to get your job performed at a cheaper rate in the future they are offering members’ wage increases if they accept a new set of pay rates and conditions for new starters.
This results in current members having their rates ‘grandfathered’ and the lower rates will apply to all new starters resulting in two class of workers doing the same work for different rates of pay.
This is selling out our childrens future by trading good wages and conditions for a wage increase.
Members should be wary of this approach to bargaining and contact your Organiser in the event this occurs.
It is now becoming all too common.
Manufacturing continues to barely survive without Government support or Protection and for now remains in Intensive Care.