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Compensation advice

Report all accidents to your employer, no matter how trivial, without waste of time.
Don’t take time off work on sick pay because of the higher rate of pay.
Don’t sign any documents which might release your employer from responsibility.
Don’t attempt to cover up an injury in order to maintain “accident-free days” and so collect a chicken […]

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Sometimes it’s OK to say “No!”

Machinery used in meat processing can be bloody dangerous!

Many horrific injuries have occurred in the meat industry that were caused by machines invented to assist in the cutting up of animals after they are dead.

These machines are just as effective on live humans as they are on dead animals!

Machines designed to saw animals in half […]

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Employee Safety Representatives = Union business

Just like a delegate or shop steward, the role of the Employee Safety Representative (ESR) represents workers. Unlike delegates and shop stewards, not all ESR’s are union members.

In fact, many workplaces don’t have an ESR. A state WorkCover Authority estimates that only about 20% of workplaces have ESR’s. Yet the ESR is a legislated and […]

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WSPA video with Grant Courtney

Watch what Grant Courtney, Federal President of the AMIEU has to say about live exports, jobs, and the eonomy.

For more information or to join this cause visit http://moveforward.org.au

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Vale Tom Hannan

Vale Tom Hannan

Always remembered as the workers’ friend

Members have learned of the recent passing of the AMIEU former Federal Secretary. Terrence Richard Hannan, known to us all as Tom passed away last Thursday, 14th April, 2011 aged 73 years.

Tom was a mentor and friend; it is hard to believe that he has gone. He will […]

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Great news for the award workers

Unions achieve $26 per week for 1.4 million  award employees

Labors Fair Work Australia minimum wage panel, in its first decision, has  increased modern award minimum weekly rates by $26 – just $1 short of the $27-a-week sought by the ACTU.

FWA President Justice Geoffrey Giudice, Senior Deputy Presidents Ian Watson and Anne Harrison, Commissioner Frank Raffaelli, […]

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Generosity leaves little room to move

By Brienna Snare

Generous union members have raised $21,000 and gathered items to send a little comfort to children affected by the bushfires in Victoria.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union forestry and furnishing products division have generated the funding. Meat union Tasmanian secretary Grant Courtney said union members […]

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Unions push for $21 per week pay rise

Unions are seeking a $21 a week pay rise for workers on minimum wages to protect jobs by maintaining the purchasing power of working families and stimulate the economy.

The ACTU has welcomed the passage of new Fair Work laws through parliament but says more needs to be done to protect the jobs and incomes of […]

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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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Individual transitional employee agreements (ITEA’s) fail new test

Many workers are seeing the new ITEA’s they have signed fail the no disadvantage test.

What’s going on? 

When John Howard introduced AWA’s in 1997 employers were given the greatest advantage they had seen since the federation of Australian.  They were given the ability to write individual contracts for workers without any regard to the awards that […]

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