The Australian Industry Group has supported key elements contained in the AMWU’s Manufacturing Our Future campaign launched recently.
"The AMWU's Manufacturing our Future campaign shines another important light on the critical role that our manufacturing industry has in maintaining a balanced and diversified economy in Australia," says AiGroup chief executive Heather Ridout.
"The union raises some important issues and Ai Group supports a number of the campaign's key objectives especially related to maintaining our R&D spend, developing a skilled workforce and ensuring that Australian companies are able to compete on a level playing field internationally.
"While manufacturing has shown enormous resilience in recent years, it continues to face strong headwinds including from the high dollar, rising prices for resources and energy, higher interest rates and wage pressures. In this environment, a strong focus on the future of the sector should be a high priority for policy makers at all levels.
"Ai Group has long advocated the need to have in place an effective range of R&D programs which will provide the framework and incentives necessary to help Australian businesses to successfully compete globally. The maintenance of national investment in this area is crucial in the upcoming budget.
"We need to strongly lift our efforts to address skill shortages across the country if we are to deal with the growing economic impacts of the resources boom. However, while investment in training is the key priority, immigration programs will remain essential to delivering skilled workers when and where we need them.
"In terms of investment in green technology, to be successful any policies in this area will need to be well coordinated with existing energy and industry frameworks and be based on sound economic considerations," Ms Ridout, said.