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UNRIVALLED MEMBER BENEFITS
As a registered organisation reporting to the Fair Work Commission TMA provides members with an affordable and effective way to resolve industrial and human resource disputes. However with challenges in the market place businesses need to have access to affordable tools that help them challenge their business model, and meet the changes in the market. To this end the TMA provides:
- 7 day access to IR and HR support.
- 6 day access to a industry specialised advice line on product use and support
- Low cost training relevant to your business that:
- improves management skills
- upgrades employee knowledge
- keeps business relevant in a dynamic market
- A wide range of business services that keep you business on top of statutory and legal obligations including:
- OH&S assessments and training.
- Market knowledge and information.
- Energy and fuel deals.
- and more.
- Industry representation both Federal and State the TMA is actively sought out by Government to contribute and comment on Government policy and programs.
- And a whole lot more!
The Timber Merchants’ Association (Victoria) has applied to the Fair Work Commission for cancellation of registration under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009. For more information, please contact Emma Watt, Executive Director, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
TMA to integrate with MGA
What is happening?
On 22 June 2017, TMA members voted unanimously to approve integration of the Association with the MGA.
The vote was the culmination of two years’ work by the TMA Committee and the MGA Board, designed to bring the two associations together for their mutual benefit.
The proposal was announced to members on 11 April 2017 and at a lunch hosted by TMA at Leonda By The Yarra.
Who are MGA?
MGA Independent Retailers is a fast moving, agile and forward-thinking employer organisation supporting 2500 Independent Supermarkets, Liquor Retailers and 60 timber and hardware Stores in Australia.
As a national employer organisation, their role is to support employers with areas of their business that they may not have the time, money or resources to focus on.
They provide the following ‘back of house’ support services to members:
|Legal and HR/IR Services||Networking opportunities|
What’s in it for TMA members?
The TMA will change its name to Timber Merchants Australia and will be a distinct division within the MGA. Members will have access to all the services provided by the MGA, as well as timber industry focussed advocacy provided by Eric Siegers, and Jos De Bruin, the CEO of MGA.
TMA members are not just retailers – our members are wholesalers, timber processors, manufacturers, sawmillers, truss and frame manufacturers, and harvesting contractors, as well as timber and hardware merchants.
This is why it’s important to stress that in the new structure, we will have timber focussed people working on issues that matter to our industry.
On top of this, we will have access to a greater range of resources than we can currently source. Instead of just one industrial relations adviser, members will have access nationally to four advisers, including Emma Watt. This will increase the probability that you will get your queries answered immediately. And for members operating across the country, it increases the scope of our services.
TMA will still offer OHS / WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and system audit services, utilising the skills and experience of a timber industry auditor.
Our relationships with training organisations will be strengthened, and MGA delivers training programs that are relevant to all businesses, as well as retail specific training courses.
What’s in it for MGA members?
By expanding their hardware and timber membership, MGA will underpin their growth as a national employer association servicing our industry. There are many synergies between the work the two associations do for members, and by combining our efforts, we can achieve a better outcome for your businesses.
What are the next steps?
For members, it will be business as usual.
TMA will apply to the Fair Work Commission to deregister the organisation in accordance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth). The Australian Electoral Commission will ballot members to determine support for cancellation of the TMA’s registration, so members will be asked to vote formally by post on this aspect of the change.
Once registration has been cancelled, the Timber Merchants’ Association (Vic) (TMA) will be wound up. We will still be known as the TMA (Timber Merchants Australia), a part of MGA, with a national reach and focus.
TMA members will then transfer to MGA as Associate Members, and all functions of the TMA will integrate with MGA.
Both Eric Siegers and Emma Watt will work with MGA to continue to service TMA members.
When will the merger happen?
The management and committees of both MGA and TMA intend to start working together in practice from 1 July 2017. A formal launch of the TMA division of the MGA will be announced in a few months’ time.
The TMA Committee of Management will remain in place for continuity, and will concentrate more on industry issues affecting the members they represent nationally.
Further information about this change be obtained from:
Peter Alexander, President
0414 380 816
Ron Caddy, Vice President
0417 789 440
Richard Hill, Vice President
0418 396 838
Emma Watt, Executive Director
0411 708 073
ELECTION RESULTS FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND OFFICE HOLDERS
As a registered organisation the TMA membership elects the members of the committee and in turn the officers. The results have been declared by the Australian Electoral Commission with the results being:
Committee members: Officers
Mr. Ron Caddy Mr. Peter Alexander -
Ms. Myriam Webster President
Mr. Peter Alexander Mr. Richard Hill -
Ms. Anita Trengrove Vice President
Mr. Peter Bennett Mr. Ron Caddy -
Mr. Hugh Turner Vice President
Mr. Clive Dossetor
Mr. Richard Hill
All were elected unopposed.
NETWORKING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
The success of the TMA industry breakfast was proven once again at our industry breakfast concerning fire safety for high rise buildings.
Delivered by the world famous Dr. Jonathan Barnett of Red Engineering, (pictured left) and one of Australia' s leading fire engineers, we were able to be updated on the challenges of meeting changing fire codes and the expectation of materials. The event showcased the importance of the supply chain working together to achieve a strong and beneficial out come.
Our last event with the parliamentarians attracted a solid crowd from industry (pictured right). This reaffirmed the TMA's role as one of the key representatives for industry with Government! Neale Burgess and David Southwick Delivered very strong and positive messages that support the needs of independent businesses.
CERTIFICATE III IN TIMBER MERCHANDISING
This qualification is designed for job roles in the timber merchandising sector of the forest and forest products industry.
This qualification has five employment pathways for typical operational environments of timber merchandising. These are:
- Customer Service / Sales Assistant (Retail or Wholesale)
- Customer Service Officer
- Sales and Merchandising Team Leader
- Sales and Merchandising Team Leader (Timber Products)