Virtual union open to Kiwis

An Australian 'virtual union' is offering services in New Zealand.

An Australian "virtual union" is offering services in New Zealand.

The Melbourne-based Association of Professional Scientists, Engineers and Managers of Australia (APESMA) is offering a range of professional advice and services such as bargaining tips to Kiwis working on both sides of the Tasman. APESMA executive director John Vines says there is a commonality of issues between the countries.

Vines, who says the association is not strictly a union, says APESMA's Web site, at www.apesma.asn.au, is broadening its appeal to New Zealanders by offering courses online in association with Australia's Deakin University. Its existing distance-learned MBA course already has 150 Kiwi students.

All courses are expected to be online after two years.

APESMA already conducts salary surveys of the members of the New Zealand engineer and architect institutes to improve its knowledge of the local market.

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