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King Island meat company

Livestock Ship Runs Aground after allegations King Island meat workers tamper with propeller. The Matthew Flinders ironically was washed onto the beach with 300 cattle on board on King Island after Swift Australia announced to shut down its King Island site.

Most members should be aware of the recent temporary closure of the King Island site […]

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Harvey Beef in wages struggle

In an all too familiar sounding ploy these days, the owners of Harvey Beef in Western Australia have sacked over 150 of their employees whilst negotiating new terms for an enterprise agreement.

The sackings came after the workforce voted down a proposal by the company that would have slashed wages and conditions at the plant.  The […]

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Australian meatworks should employ local workers first

“Australian meatworks should employ local workers first”: Minister Evans

After uncovering a racket of illegal foreign workers in the Australian meat industry, the Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans has called upon employers to look towards local workers first.

Senator Evans is urging employers to exhaust local labour supplies first in response to the increasing levels of unemployed […]

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Industrial front – Tas Meat Wholesalers

There have been quite a few staffing changes at Tas Meats recently, with Doug King coming back to take a more active role in running the business.

Recently there were rumours that the business would be closed down, this has not happened, and is probably a tactic to scare employees into doing what the boss wants.

Employees […]

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Industrial front – EBA update

We are pleased to announce the finalization of negotiations after 8 months of discussions with the company for a new union collective agreement.  Your union the AMIEU has agreed in principle on the proviso that if a majority of members vote in favour of the deal we will have reached agreement.  The agreement will then […]

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Industrial front – Longford Meat Co

JBS Swift has now owned the Tasmanian operations for 10 months.  It has been business as usual apart from the company now running its own budget.

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Industrial front – Selbourne Biological Services

This site generally processes blood products for pharmaceutical purposes and resides at Longford. Recently we were contacted by concerned members that had been informed their jobs were being made redundant due to an export order falling through. Two of our members who worked in the raw material department were offered their base entitlements of annual […]

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Industrial front – retail supermarkets

It has recently come to our attention that certain store managers are threatening termination of employment if meat department employees do not agree with rosters being proposed by the company.  Your union the AMIEU has had numerous discussions over the years with middle and senior management about the interpretation of our AGREEMENTS. The rostering principle […]

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Industrial front – Greenhams

Since our last report our members at Greenhams have continued to focus on the changes to the workplace laws. They know that their employer will not be able to continue to refuse to meet with our union shop committee as of July 2009. The Fair Work Bill will be in place then and this company […]

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Industrial front – Farmyard Chicken

Recently we were contacted by a young member of ours who made inquires into weekend penalties.  She informed us that she was only being paid $16 per hour for weekend work. We wrote to the owners and informed them of their obligations under the award and sought back payment for our member concerned. We met […]

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