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Welcome to the Meatworkers Union
Woolworths Meat Transition – the AMIEU have met with Woolworths to clarify what is their proposal for meatworkers.
The Coles National Retail Agreement was endorsed by the SDA membership despite the fact that it is a wholesale rip-off of meat unit conditions.
Being under a national agreement does not affect your Union membership and you can, and should, remain with the Union that truly represents its members – the AMIEU.
The AMIEU welcomes the report of the Fair Work Ombudsman and its findings in relation to the shameful conduct of the labour hire agencies supplying the Baiada Group in New South Wales which was released today
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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.