APESMA campaign saves Holden jobs

APESMA has welcomed news that Holden will continue to produce automobiles in Australia until at least 2021, including securing their engineering and design capability into the foreseeable future. Under the terms the deal the Gillard, Weatherill and Baillieu Governments will contribute $275 million and Holden will invest $1 billion to build two new second generation…

FWA delivers major win for good faith bargaining

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has made it clear that it will not tolerate surface bargaining tactics used by companies in negotiations with their employees, in a landmark ruling handed down on Thursday. The ruling found that in the Endeavour Coal Pty Ltd v Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia case, Endeavour (a subsidiary…

Brisbane City Council – Step in right direction

APESMA has taken the first step towards recognising professionals APESMA members have been active in campaigning for a review of Specialist and Senior Professional (SSP) contracts since problems arose last year as a result of workplace redesigns. At the Division Consultative Committee (DCC) level APESMA called for a review of the Specialist and Senior (SSP)…

Members bargain for more at ElectraNet

After voting down an initial low offer last year, APESMA members at South Australia’s electricity transmitter ElectraNet have now bargained for a better outcome. At the conclusion of the enterprise bargaining round, members were able to secure incremental wage increases of 4.5 per cent for each of 2012, 2013 and 2014, back dated to mid-2011. …

Seizing the opportunity of the Senate inquiry

For several years many APESMA members have felt the various impacts of the engineering skills shortage in Australia. While the problem is complex and somewhat patchy, it is nevertheless a widely accepted problem with serious impacts on the profession, the economy and the community. In recognition of the seriousness of the skills crisis, APESMA lobbied…

Victorian Government needs more Engineers

APESMA has argued for more engineers to be hired to stop infrastructure blowouts in its submission to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry. Chris Walton – CEO of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia said only engineers had the right skills and experience to know how much it should cost to build different types…