Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Summer, Drought, Heat, Fire - Australia is burning

Working in heat can be a significant risk that must be controlled in the workplace. What to do.

Mackay Casings - Union Meeting

Industrial Manslaughter Bill passed

Late on 26 November 2019 the Industrial Manslaughter Bill passed through the Upper House of the Victorian Government. It must be gazetted before it becomes law.

The workplace manslaughter offence applies to employers, self-employed people and the officers of employers.

The maximum penalty for a breach of section 39G include fines of up to 100,000 penalty units, currently equating to $16,522,000, for employers that negligently cause a workplace death.

An individual or officer who negligently causes a work-related death in Victoria could be jailed for up to 20 years, as in Queensland.

Gendered Violence - a union issue

Union Fees Increase 1 July 2019

AMIEU Victorian Branch Operating Report for the year ended 30 June 2019 has been published

Don't Put up with Exploitation
Report Dodgy Bosses !

The AMIEU urges meat workers to check this out and report dodgy bosses

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.

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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.