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Welcome to the Meatworkers Union
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.
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Check out Victorian workers' marches over the past 12 months
Stand with Bertie
AFFCO Talleys which locked out its workforce for several months in 2012, has threatened a butcher who has 15 years service with the company that she may not be re-hired after she approached her MP for support.
Roberta Ratu (Bertie) posted on the facebook page of her Member of Parliament asking him to support a petition requesting AFFCO Talleys to do the right thing and conclude in good faith the collective agreement which has been unsettled for 15 months. She did not denigrate or criticise the company in the facebook post.
AFFCO Talleys sent Bertie a warning letter to say she would not be re-engaged for the new processing season unless she removed the facebook post.
The IUF affiliated NZ Meat Workers Union is campaigning to have their collective agreement settled. Find out more here.
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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.