Posted by Elisha Radwanowski
on 9 April 2014
The wholesale and retail petroleum industry is a unique and challenging one, not just because of the dangerous and hazardous chemicals we deal with in our workplaces, but also because of the complicated employment laws and regulations that apply in this area.
Employment law in Australia is characterised by complexity, however the application of this complex system to the wholesale and retail petroleum industries leaves even experts confused.
So where do you turn if you need advice, support and assistance with employment matters? You turn to your industry association, ACAPMAs workplace relations professionals are here to help.
Complexity, with a side order of confusion?
I read a very detailed and thought-out article on the complexity of employment law in Australia recently.
Whilst the author used the General Retail Award 2010 as an example to highlight the complexity of employment law, petrol convenience operators, e.g. those convenience stores th...
Posted by Nic Moulis
on 2 April 2014
Monday this week, after 35 years, marked Marg Taylor’s last day working for ACAPMA (nee APADA).
I greeted the day with both a heavy heart and a feeling of gratitude. I cannot begin to imagine how she felt on the day, though I hope there are many fond memories to lighten the occasion.
I am saddened that circumstance has brought both Marg and the association to today and while for all of us it is inevitable, it is never easy.
Marg has been so pragmatic and accommodating during the final stages of this process, showing again the character that had made her such an integral part of the Association. I am guessing these traits where forged in the fires that have been the association’s hallmark. Battles with Unions and Oil Companies were (and still are) part of why ACAPMA is here for members and her able advocacy during these times have been continuous and dependable.
The wars have not always been external. She has documented, due to her longevity, a history th...
Posted by Marg Taylor
on 31 March 2014
On this my last day in the service of ACAPMA (ex-APADA/OAMPS), I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to send me personal messages of support.
It has been a privilege to have represented and assisted you over the past 35 years (I was only five on commencement).
During this period I have been fortunate in having made some wonderful and lasting friendships with both members and their staff in good and difficult times for our Association.
I will always reflect on those memories and on a fantastic organisation of predominantly distributors but now evolving into the retail sector as an important component of the business mix; and to our trade members and business partners.
APADA was the forerunner of the organisation, one that grew out of a need to ensure members were protected and represented in a volatile environment – industrially and regulatory – and insurance-wise through OAMPS.
It would be remi...
Posted by Elisha Radwanowski
on 26 March 2014
Whether it is introducing new staff to ‘the way we do things around here’ or providing the framework for performance management, policies have an important role and function in every business. Well they do when they are done right! Like all documents the value is not in the generation of the policies, the value is in the implementation of them.
Policies are required for regulatory compliance and for many contract and tender processes, but they can be valuable tools within the business for driving culture and facilitating good people management. So how do you make your policies more than words?
Tell it like it is
It is important that policies within the business are not confused with aspirational goals or vision/mission statements. A Policy is not something the business is aiming for, it is a clear articulation of what the business expects in a certain area, and what WILL ALWAYS happen if those expectations are not met, and what...
Posted by Nic Moulis, ACAPMA CEO
on 25 March 2014
Image source Motor Report
Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have noticed the amount of merger and acquisition activity going on in the Australian convenience and petroleum marketing industry. Like sharks feeding on a school of tuna, international and local companies alike have been actively pursuing and devouring each other for some time now.
The most recent and undoubtedly the largest – Vitol and Shell – has seen the sharks starting to attack a beaching whale.
If you are somewhat in the know about the industry, you would think the watershed moment that led to all this merger and acquisition activity was July 2011, when Shell announced that it was going to close the Clyde Refinery, converting it and Gore Bay into an import terminal.
To many, this was the sign that refining was over in our country and that major oil companies were starting to review their approach to trading in the Australian economy. With this announcement closely fol...