Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

AMIEU Qld takes live exports to Canberra

See what went on in the Senate where Lazarus raised the problems of Live Exports

Employer "failed miserably" to protect migrant worker

A labour hire company that ‘failed miserably’ to comply with its WHS duty to a young migrant worker, who fell into a chemical bath the host business used to dissolve animal tissue, has received a record fine.  

In mid-2013, a temporary migrant from Taiwan, was assigned by labour hire firm Big Mars Pty Ltd to work at an abattoir run by Thomas Foods International. Big Mars was under contract to provide temporary workers from Taiwan and China to work at the abattoir. On 6 November 2013 he was seriously injured. See more

If you are an International worker in the meat industry in Australia you need to know your rights and how to be protected. Find out more here.

Attention: Coles workers

Coles employee, Duncan Hart who is an SDA member, is challenging the Coles Store Team Enterprise Agreement. The AMIEU has joined this challenge. Together we argue that the Coles - SDA Enterprise Agreement does not leave workers Better Off.

On 27 and 28 April the final arguments were put by the Coles and SDA barristers then Siobhan Kelly, Duncan Hart's barrister summed up the appeal against the Enterprise Agreement. Now the full bench have gone to consider the issues.

Watch this space. As soon as we hear from the Fair Work Commission we will let you know.

See more of what was said in the hearing on 2nd February

Supermarkets national newsletter Feb 2016

Defend Penalty Rates

Check out Ben Schneiders' article: McDonald's pay deal: dirty little secret of the penalty rates debate

Reprinted from The Age 20 May 2016


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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.