The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union is the Union that represents the interests of workers in the meat industry including butchers, slaughterers, boners, smallgoodsmakers, workers in abattoirs, boning rooms, slaughter houses, retail shops, supermarkets, smallgoods factories, wholesalers, caterers, by products and rendering plants, meat markets, pre packing areas, runner processes and various other sectors of meat and by product industry such as drivers and salespeople, etc.
What does the Union do?
The AMIEU is part of the Australian union movement that serves to protect and represent the interests of workers in a number of ways. Both through its representative group, the ACTU, and on an individual union basis, the union movement lobbies government to pass laws to protect workers rights in regard to industrial relations, occupational health and safety, workers compensation etc, etc.
The union movement appears in courts and other tribunals including the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to maintain what has become known as the workers Safety Net of conditions (the awards) and upgrade workers conditions whenever possible.
The award Safety Net increases in wages which occur from time to time (and which some people think are given by the government) are actually fought and argued for in the Industrial Commission by the ACTU for the people it represents - the Australian Union Movement.
In fact, all of the award conditions enjoyed by workers were the result of the union movement fighting for those conditions in the workplace and/or in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, or successful representations to government through the unions political allies.
As you can see, the more members the union movement has, the greater its power to represent members interests using political and industrial avenues.
Why join the union?
The current government is determined to weaken the strength of the union movement and has passed laws to assist it achieve this end. As a member of the AMIEU you are a part of the Australian union movement that has pledged to assist each other with whatever means possible and at every opportunity regardless of which particular industry union that you join. As a member of the union you have a lot of powerful and influential friends.
As a member of the union you are entitled to be heard and to have your views properly conveyed by the union to politicians, government and the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
Your membership strengthens the union movement which in turn strengthens the union movements ability to deliver protection for you at work, whether that be through the protection of awards, industrial laws, health and safety, workers compensation, or unfair dismissal legislation.
What will the AMIEU do for me?
Effective organisation of union members is the Union's first priority. This means organising members at a workplace level to help and support each other and also to promote collective bargaining instead of the current government's individual contracts arrangements (Australian Workplace Agreements) that pit worker against worker and remove the strength of organised collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining is the best way to negotiate improved working conditions. As a member of the union you will also be entitled to other benefits of membership.
We will call on a regular basis and ensure that your award or agreement is being properly observed, our trained officials will assist and represent you in industrial hearings including unfair dismissals, and where we think it necessary will appoint solicitors to act for you/the union. Our WorkCover Advocate will help you with any aspect of claims arising through work and will represent you in conciliation conferences.
Membership to the AMIEU grants you free insurance for any accidents incurred on the way to work or home from work. This valuable service ensures wages for any time that you are off work and also has a disability component. Members of the AMIEU are entitled to free legal advice from properly registered solicitors, free drafting of a standard will by solicitors, discounts in various stores and suppliers, and other benefits including a direct communication line to all other unions for information etc.
AMIEU Officials represent apprentices at Boards of Reference in relation to transfers, cancellations, early completions and any problems associated with their indentures and we also represent workers interests in relation to training etc at the Food and Beverage Industry Training Council.
The AMIEU is there to protect you and to help provide you with some security in your employment.