Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Coles Members Voted YES for Industrial Action

The voting for protected industrial action closed at 10.00am Friday 23 January 2015. 95% of the votes were in favour taking action to defend meatworkers’ wages and conditions at Coles.

Despite Coles trying to convince meatworkers that a grandfather clause is good enough AMIEU members knew better

Now you will be able to take action to oppose the Agreement which Coles and the SDA have agreed to on your behalf

Meatworkers can take protected action


All Coles employees should check out the Coles Campaign News

Ararat Abattoir workers took Protected Action
- they succeeded!

Defend workers against federal government attack

Join the Union

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.