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Rally and festival supporting multiculturalism
10 December 2016

Unions and community groups will be holding a rally and festival celebrating and defending multiculturalism.

The Global Street Party will be held on Saturday 10 December.

We urge members to come to a FREE Street Party with food, music and rides for the children, celebrate the diversity of our cultures, fight against racism and support organising together.

Rally against racism at the State Library midday then party out the front of Trades Hall.

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.

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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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