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Welcome to the Meatworkers Union
The Victorian Government is holding an Inquiry into insecure work. Unions need to pressure them to regulate labour hire, short term visas etc.
You can help by providing your experience.
This quick survey will walk you through the process.
In a rare right of entry penalty ruling against an employer, the Federal Circuit Court has fined a Qld abattoir $12k after its senior management refused entry to an Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) organiser.
See how the Coles agreement compares with entitlements under the Retail Award? Where a rate is highlighted in red, it is the lower rate of the two.
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.
Woolworths Meat Transition – the AMIEU have met with Woolworths to clarify what is their proposal for meatworkers.
Note: Woolworths and the AMIEU have signed and registered a greenfields agreement for the Truganina site where the case ready meat is produced. Find it 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.