Welcome to the Meatworkers Union


Where are Coles and Wooworths Enterprise Agreements covering meat workers now?

Echuca meatworkers are serious

Workers at Riverside Meats Abattoirs have told manageent that they are willing to take action in pursuit of their Enterprise Agreement. Riverside should now sit down and negotiate seriously. See the results of the Protected Action Ballot

Until Victory

Find out about the inspiring struggle of workers in the meat industry in Modena, Italy, in the winter of 2016/17. The video was filmed almost exclusively by workers and supporters themselves with their smartphones. It gives an impression of the physical violence and brutality perpetrated against superexploited workers. Click here

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.

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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.

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