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Coles AMIEU meat room Members next strike actions will be 31 March; 1 April; and 2 April 2015

Protest Action Midday 1 April 2015

On 13 March Victorian AMIEU Members called on SDA to support Coles workers, not make Sellout Deals Available
On 24 March the media reported a new SDA South Australia deal with the Business Council

Workers must stand together

In the six months to December 2014 Wesfarmers made a profit of 1.38 billion dollars, that is a profit growth of 8.7%. This included 895 million dollars profit from supermarkets.

In the same six months to December 2014, however, Coles reached agreement with the SDA to drive down the wages and conditions of the new workers in the meat rooms of those highly profitable supermarkets.

With billions of dollars profits what could justify the attack on the meat workers in Coles?

Clearly Coles can afford to provide family friendly penalties for all of the workers in supermarkets. Vote No to the proposed Enterprise Agreement that Coles is currently proposing.



Coles AMIEU Members Next Industrial Action - Thursday 19 March; Friday 20 March; Saturday 21 March

The  AMIEU Federal Secretary has launched a National Vote NO campaign aimed at getting all of the workers, AMIEU, SDA/AWU, TWU, and even non-union workers to vote down this disgraceful deal. Check out the latest from our Federal Secretary

All Coles employees should check out the Coles Campaign News

See Union Message to Abbott

Murder - Not Tragedy

On 24th April, 2013, 1127 garment workers were killed at work when Rana Plaza collapsed. This exhibition, Murder - Not Tragedy, documents that event.

This confronting exhibition is on show at the Steps Gallery from 18 - 30 March with the Opening at 7.00pm on 19 March. Murder - Not Tragedy confronts us with the reality of the Bangladeshi garment industry and the need for workers' organisation. The AMIEU urges members to see the exhibition.

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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.