Welcome to the Meatworkers Union

All Union Delegates Mass Meeting
Melbourne Town Hall
17 April 2018

Where are Coles and Wooworths Enterprise Agreements covering meat workers in February 2018?

Three Victorian fatalities from livestock
A stock agent was killed on January 4 after being trampled by an animal on a cattle farm at Georges Creek near Tallangatta, southeast of Albury Wodonga. The man, who was in his late 50s, was drafting cattle in stockyards on the property just before 9am when he was struck and killed.

The man's death is the first workplace fatality for 2018, and he is the second stock agent to die in Victoria in a period of three weeks. Another stock agent died on 15 December when he was crushed by a bull at Dunkeld in the state's west. According to WorkSafe, this fatality is also the third to involve livestock in five months. In August a 55-year-old man died when he was crushed by a bull at Bamawm, south of Echuca.

Until Victory

Find out about the inspiring struggle of workers in the meat industry in Modena, Italy, in the winter of 2016/17. The video was filmed almost exclusively by workers and supporters themselves with their smartphones. It gives an impression of the physical violence and brutality perpetrated against superexploited workers. Click here

See the results of the elections for the Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union Vic Branch announced by the Returning Officer on 19 September 2017

A copy of the report by the Australian Electoral Commission declaring the results is available from the Victorian Branch of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union; the Federal Secretary of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union or the Australian Electoral Commission on request.

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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.