Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

All Unions Delegates Mass Meeting:
Change the Rules

When:      10am Tuesday 25 September

Where:    Melbourne Convention Centre – 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Melbourne

Health & Safety Representatives Conference

30 October 2018 - All Day

Melbourne; Bendigo; Morwell; Albury/Wodonga

WorkSafe approved training under section 69(1)(d)(ii) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Tibaldi workers vote to take action

Tibaldi ham, salami, bacon and continental smallgoods are produced by workers in Clayton and Coburg. The Enterprise Agreement was put up by management to be voted on by the workers when negotiations with the AMIEU did not result in agreement.

In June the workers rejected the proposed agreement.

Management were not prepared to improve their offer and put it up to the workers again on 17 August 2018. Once again the workers rejected the proposed Enterprise Agreement. As management has not been willing to improve the wages or conditions the AMIEU applied for a Protected Action Ballot. On 20 October the AEC counted the votes and the majority of the Tibaldi workers voted to take action.

Unless management see sense and offer a decent agreement now Tibaldi workers will be taking strike action.

At the ACTU Congress in July 2018 the union movement came together to support the banning of live exports. See the motion that was moved by the AMIEU and adopted unanimously.

The AMIEU has won the right for all meat workers who are casuals to request conversion to full or part time work.

See the results of the elections for the Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union Vic Branch announced by the Returning Officer on 19 September 2017

A copy of the report by the Australian Electoral Commission declaring the results is available from the Victorian Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union; the Federal Secretary of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union or the Australian Electoral Commission on request.

Elections for Casual Vacancies

Members of the AMIEU will know that Barrie Chalkley has resigned as Assistant Secretary and Federal Council Member; and Sean Reilly has resigned as Organiser. This means that there elections for these positions. Attached are the election notice and the nomination form

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We recognise commitment to the Union

Meatworkers have enjoyed a history and a culture of unionism


This has been built over many years and has continued from generation to generation. Work in meatworks and associated workplaces has always been physically hard, dangerous and skilful. Without the strength of organized labour it would undoubtedly be more dangerous and have stayed poorly paid as well.
Most of the conditions and wages many now enjoy were the result of the unity and industrial action (strikes etc) of workers over many years before them. All the major sheds through the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties were one hundred percent unionised and were therefore able to put up a united front against powerful employers who would otherwise have exploited them. In Victoria particularly, the AMIEU led the way in the establishment of industrial awards, which many now take for granted. Things like equal pay for women, long service leave, Superannuation, redundancy, annual leave, sick leave and public holidays were established and developed by the union, backed up with united industrial pressure.