Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Proposed Coles National Meat Enterprise Agreement

News from the AMIEU Victorian Branch

Newsletter from the AMIEU Federal Office

50 years ago on 19 June 1969, the AMIEU won a massive victory for women in Australia, securing equal pay for equal work.

With our victory, we established in Australian law the precedent that when women perform the work of men, they should receive the same payment as men.

This was a huge decision which changed the lives of working women all across Australia. We continue to fight every day for women members and for all our members.

Without unions, workers would not have any of the benefits they do now, including the right to equal pay! Make sure you join today so that we can keep doing great things.

See the decision here

Union Fees Increase 1 July 2019

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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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.