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Coles’ Outrageous Deception

We refer to the store team newsletter posted throughout Coles supermarkets nationwide on 31 July and titled "Growing together – Thank You"!

This outrageous piece of deception gives workers the impression that the AMIEU is cooperating to create a single store team enterprise agreement.

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The absolute fact is that the AMIEU has steadfastly and resolutely rejected such a proposal.  Any inference to the contrary is an absolute lie!

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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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