Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Ararat Abattoir workers take Protected Action
Support the Ararat meatworkers

Lateline exposes more cruelty with live exports

When you see the streets of Melbourne overflowing with workers, you're looking at a unionist who decided to show up. They had to pick their kids up early, or travel from regional Victoria, or find the courage to get their boss to change their shift.

See the October newsletter to Coles Members

See what the AMIEU has put to Coles to retain our wages and conditions

The absolute fact is that the AMIEU has steadfastly and resolutely rejected such a proposal.  Any inference to the contrary is an absolute lie!

All Coles employees should check out the Coles Store News

Justice for Refugees

See how the USA media sees Abbott

Join the Union

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.