Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Workers rally for rights 23 October 2018

Health & Safety Representatives Conference

30 October 2018 - All Day

Melbourne; Bendigo; Morwell; Albury/Wodonga

WorkSafe approved training under section 69(1)(d)(ii) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Health & Safety Representative of the Year - Daniel Gili - Key Delegate Diamond Valley Pork

Clare Amies CEO WorkSafe Victoria recognises Daniel Gili HSR

Coles Meat Room EA negotiations October

Woolworths National EA ballot results

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.

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.

Members of the AMIEU know that Barrie Chalkley resigned as Assistant Secretary and Federal Council Member; and Sean Reilly resigned as Organiser. Elections were organised by the AEC and the positions were not contended. Gwynnyth Evans is now the Assistant Secretary, Baden Collison replaced Sean Reilly and Jason Piper is now elected member of the Federal Council.

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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.