Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Enterprise Bargaining - JBS Brooklyn

After months of negotiating JBS made an offer of a new agreement to which the AMIEU bargaining representatives did not agree. The company decided to put this agreement out to the workforce to be voted on.

Employees voted from 7.30am 31 May 2018 until midday 1 June 2018.

The outcome of the JBS Brooklyn EA vote:

  • 718 workers eligible to vote
  • 617 voted
  • Only 26 voted YES
  • 4 votes were invalid
  • 587 voted NO

The overwhelming no vote should send a clear message back to the company that their offer was rejected. The AMIEU has immediately proposed a meeting to further the negotiations towards a resolution.

Workers' Rally Wednesday 9 May, 10am

Currently the Fair Work Act is not fair - much of the law hinders workers' ability to negotiate fair wages and conditions and find secure work.

AMIEU members attended the 100,000 workers strong rally

What is happening with Coles & Wooworths Enterprise Agreements covering meat workers in April 2018?

See the results of the elections for the Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union Vic Branch announced by the Returning Officer on 19 September 2017

A copy of the report by the Australian Electoral Commission declaring the results is available from the Victorian Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union; the Federal Secretary of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union or the Australian Electoral Commission on request.

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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.