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AMIEU Super Fund



MEAT INDUSTRY
EMPLOYEES
SUPERANNUATION FUND
A.C.N.  005 793 199


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(03) 9662 3861 OR
1800 252 099
(for interstate and country)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Will I get the sack if I join the Union?

 

It is illegal for your employer to prevent you joining the union or sacking you, altering your work status, injuring you in your employment or discriminating against you in any way because you join a union.

You are protected by law but if you are still in any doubt, there is no requirement for a union to disclose its members so all applications for membership will be treated confidentially.

 

How much does it cost to be a member?

 

Current fees are charged on a half yearly basis of $208.00 each six months (which equates to $8.00 per week) including GST.

 The ticket periods are January to June and July to December. Fees can be paid by any of the following means:

 

       1.  by payroll deduction
     
(your employer deducts from your weekly pay)

       2. by direct debit (electronic funds transfer) directly from your bank account
     
(the union performs this transaction on your authority)

       3.  by account
                
(payable 6monthly in advance)

       4.  by collection
               
(AMIEU Officials collect when visiting your worksite)

 

If you are an apprentice or if you earn less than $370 per week on average, then you will only be charged the value of a half ticket (ie $104.00 each six months).

 

Fees can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterley or six monthly at your choice of  convenience.

 

How do I join?

 

Application forms are available from on plant delegates or the union officials as they visit your worksite.   You can also contact the AMIEU office in Wayville by phoning 8279 2200 or toll free for country callers 1800 882 645.  Our email address is amieusa@internode.on.net

 

Will the union help me if I am not a member?

 

The AMIEU will help non members with work problems or queries and will also represent non members in court for underpayments etc., on a fee for service basis and whilst our fees are much lower than what you would  be charged by a solicitor for the same work, you will find that it is far cheaper, far more convenient, and there are many more side benefits to simply being a member.

 

Our WorkCover assistance and representation service, and also representation in the Industrial Commission for unfair dismissals is not available to non members.



COMMON MYTHS ABOUT UNIONS

1.   Unions go on strike too much.

     Union members are people who go to work in order to make a living and pay their bills. It is these people, not some office in Adelaide, that make decisions of that nature and you can rest  assured that strikes generally only occur after all other avenues have been pursued and failed.

 

2.   The union executive will tell you to go on strike when you don't want to. The union executive is made up of representatives from worksites elected by the workers and will only make recommendations on industrial affairs. The absolute control on those decisions rests with the members at the workplace.

 

3.   The union doesn't care about you, it just wants your money.

     This myth is propagated by people who think that "the union" is an office in the city somewhere. The union is the members - the members are the union. The office is only the administrative part of the union.

 

4.   You don't need a union because the boss will look after you.

    Most employers belong to unions although they are not called unions, they are usually associations or such like. Some of the most common employer associations in the meat industry include the SA Employers Chamber of Commerce, The National Meat Association and  Retail Law (ex Retail Traders Association).

    These employer unions do for the employers much the same as what employee unions do for the workers. The boss uses their union for advice, legal assistance and representation, why shouldn't you?

 

5.   Unions are only interested in power.

    Unions are only interested in workers rights and conditions. Some people confuse a union utilising its resources to achieve outcomes for its members with being power hungry. Workers have rights and unions will protect those rights.

 

6.   Unions should provide more services and benefits to remain relevant.

This myth is propagated by the Liberal Government to trick people into thinking that unions should be businesses that use 'hooks' or gimmicks to attract customers. The reason that they do this is to try and steer people away from the real functions of the union in an attempt to make you question your "value for money". The fact is that the union movement doesn't offer you free steak knives because that is not its role. Don't be fooled by this ploy. Just like the RAA, you may never use the union's extra services but the union is still working for you and representing your interests where it counts.

 

7.  The union can't  do anything for me if I have signed an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA).

     As previously explained, the Union is always working for you and our benefits and services apply regardless of whether you work to an award, an enterprise agreement or an Australian Workplace Agreement.

 

     The Union's position in relation to people working to AWA's is that all agreements have an expiry date and that during the life of the AWA, the Union will actively promote and organise members to work together to negotiate collective agreements to replace the AWA's.   Remember, that collectively you have much more negotiating strength than as individuals, this is what the union is all about.

 

8.  What if  I am offered an Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA).

     If you are offered an AWA, call the union office and we will advise you of your rights at law.

 

     If you appoint us as your Bargaining Agent, we can attend meetings and negotiate on your behalf.  We can make submissions for you to the Office of the Employment Advocate or the Industrial Relations Commission if you are, or have been, disadvantaged by the agreement or are being put under duress to sign.   We can advise you as to the content of the agreement and what you are entitled to under the applicable award.

 

     Always remember that most employers are members of their own unions and are being advised professionally - why shouldn't you have the same advantages?

 

    

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