An urgent summit is being held on Friday by unions, politicians and business leaders, aimed at tackling the country's job and manufacturing crisis.
It comes after a long list of redundancies have been announced across the country in the past couple of months, and concerns over a 'trades drain' to Australia.
EPMU national secretary Bill Newson says it's a sign of the emerging consensus that the Government needs to take a more active role in the economy.
"We're not asking for uncritical investment but we are asking for some intelligent investment to support these manufacturing-exporting employers. Look, they create a lot of jobs and it's those jobs that drive value in our economy and they should be supported."
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