Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

Coronavirus – COVID 19 – is a new disease that is killing many people around the world.

The outbreak started in late 2019 and developed into a global pandemic by March 2020.

The governments have had staged controls to prevent spreading COVID-19. Workplaces must encourage flexible working arrangements including working from home and off-peak travel. Further stages of shutdown have affected all non-essential services

Food production is essential for survival so meat workers have continued to work. This means that the AMIEU has continued working for you. Because of the restrictions to office work the Victorian Branch at 62 Lygon Street is underwent IT changes to make sure that we can serve our members, wherever your organisers are operating from.

In the Covid-19 crisis, workers have one more thing to worry about – around the world their factories have proved to be a hotbed of infection. In the United States more than 5,000 meat workers have tested positive and 20 died. In Alberta, Canada, 935 workers at Cargill have contracted the virus and one has died, and in Germany and Ireland many hundreds more meat workers have contracted COVID-19

On 1 May news broke in Melbourne that there were 3 meat workers who had been identified as COVID-19 positive.

By Monday 11 May there have been 63 people, who work at Cedar Meats in Brooklyn and 13 close contacts, identified as positive to Covid-19. Many of the workers at Cedar Meats are casuals and are employed by labour hire.

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Attention: Cedar Meats workers who have contracted COVID-19

Together with the Victorian Branch of the AMIEU, Maurice Blackburn have prepared a Flyer in relation to Frequently Asked Legal Questions in relation to COVID-19. Find the answers here.

All workers should be able to get real support

Worker rights under JobKeeper Scheme

Don't discriminate - make Job Keeper payments fair

AMIEU Victorian Branch Operating Report for the year ended 30 June 2019 has been published

Don't Put up with Exploitation
Report Dodgy Bosses !

The AMIEU urges meat workers to check this out and report dodgy bosses

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.

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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.