Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Workers walk out

TAIWANESE workers at Midfield’s Warrnambool abattoir walked off the job on 11 July 2014. About 70 left the site part-way through morning shift and returned later for several meetings with management seeking clarification over pay and bonus rates.

We understand that several hundred Taiwanese are employed at Midfield under the working holiday visa scheme.

Community rallies against the government's attack on workers, unemployed, aging and ill

Justice for Refugees

Thousands assembled at the City Square on Sunday 22 June 2014

Coles Campaign

Coles have announced their intention to have a national enterprise agreement that includes coverage of meat unit workers - removing the AMIEU enterprise agreements. A cynic might think that this could mean an attack on the hard won conditions of the meat room workers. Keep your eye on the new Coles Campaign link. To make sure that you get newsletters about what is going on sign up for the newsletter. See what the AMIEU has put to Coles to retain our wages and conditions

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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.