Welcome to the Meatworkers Union


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Coles Meat Room EA negotiations May 2019

ATTENTION - SLAUGHTERERS ARARAT MEAT EXPORTS
Your strength has convinced management to come back to the table and the matter has progressed significantly. In good faith we are not taking strike action on Monday 6 May 2019. On Tuesday 7 May there will be an AMIEU meeting at Ararat Meat Exports to consider the latest management offers.

 

Union Fees Increase 1 July 2019

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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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.

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