The EPMU's Engineering, Fabrication and Building Services Industry is the section of the EPMU that represents more than 7000 New Zealand workers from areas including high-rise construction, agricultural machinery manufacturing, oil and gas rig construction, boiler making, air conditioning, boatbuilding, scaffolding and joinery. If it involves heavy fabrication or building the chances are the EPMU's EFBS Industry covers it.
EFBS became its own industry in 2006 after members from the industry and from the EPMU's National Executive voted to separate the Engineering and Manufacturing Industry into two distinct industries.
The main industry document in EFBS is the Heavy Engineering and Fabrication MECA, which provides minimum conditions for workers in the industry including an extra weeks annul leave for workers after six years service and a redundancy clause and sets a baseline for industry.
The EFBS will be organising construction projects in the lower North Island and the development of a Heavy Engineering and Fabrication MECA to use as a tool to unionise and reorganize a industry sector revitalized through optimism due to recent announcements regarding oil and gas exploration, a booming dairy industry and a booming construction Industry.
This is an industry that is undergoing a sustained boom and needs skilled workers. By joining the EPMU and getting on board with the HE-Feb MECA workers in this industry can make sure they get their fair share of this boom.
Engineering, Fabrication and Building Services workers in the EPMU are affiliated internationally with the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) and the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM).