The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) was one of the recipients of the best communications strategy award for the Manufacturing: Australia’s Future campaign at the ACTU National Union Awards.
AMWU Health and Safety Coordinator Deb Vallance received a special mention for her significant contribution throughout the harmonisation of the workplace health and safety laws.
- The AMWU NSW branch’s Breaking the Perspex Ceiling report was highly commended for the Jennie George Award – which recognises contributions to women’s advancement in unions.
Speaking at the award ceremony, AMWU communications coordinator Tim Chapman said, “Manufacturing employs 1 million people and is a vital part of Australia’s diverse economy. Our aim was to tell the real story about how important manufacturing is to jobs in this country and the high-profile mining campaign against the resource super-profits tax, gave us that opportunity.
“It was an honour to share the award with the ASU’s historic Equal Pay campaign.”
Meanwhile, Ged Kearney, ACTU President said, “The pay equity ruling by Fair Work Australia last month was a landmark in the fight for equal pay for women and ended decades of undervaluation of the work of the 150,000 women who do this very important work.”
She said both campaigns were deserved winners.
The ACTU National Union Awards are an annual event sponsored by the ACTU and ME Bank.