Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Insecure Work

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.

Please answer the questions and share your thoughts.

Union Right of Entry Stands

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.

Coles workers

The AMIEU has won the case against Coles & the SDA for the extension of time, so we can now proceed with trying to knock the agreement off.

Fair Work confirms that the SDA negotiated a deal with Coles that, in many cases, appears to pay well below the award, the basic wages safety net.

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.

If you are told that you can’t be AMIEU members any more it is just more LIES!

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.

ATTENTION: Woolworths Meat Workers

Woolworths Meat Transition –  the AMIEU have met with Woolworths to clarify what is their proposal for meatworkers.

The proposal with the restructuring can be found here

Attention: Woolworths Cabinet Attendants

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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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.