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Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union South & Western Australia Branch.

NOTICE TO MEMBERS:

DISSOLUTION OF BRANCH & AMALGAMATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS TO NEWCASTLE, NORTHERN, TASMANIAN BRANCH & WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS TO QUEENSLAND, NORTHERN TERRITORY BRANCH.

The AMIEU has a long and proud history of representing workers in the meat industry. The union represents members in retail, smallgoods, processing (sheep, pigs, and beef) and, in some states, poultry. The AMIEU is one of the only single industry trade unions left in existence today. Most other unions have undergone external amalgamations and represent different trades and industries in their areas of coverage.

The AMIEU have been at the forefront of fighting for better wages and conditions for meatworkers for more than 120 years. The union has always been run with democratic structures and rank-and-file members making the decisions.

The downside of our 120+ years of history is that a lot of our structures are dated and do not represent the membership as efficiently as it could. There is a lot of duplication as each branch maintains and manages its own structures. This is costly and becoming less necessary in a world full of modern technologies.

To represent its members most efficiently and effectively, the AMIEU has undergone several internal amalgamations of branches in the past. These include the amalgamation of the Tasmanian Branch with the Newcastle and Northern Branch, and the amalgamation that brought South Australia and Western Australia together initially.

With the recent change in Federal Government, there are numerous opportunities occurring for workers. These include changes to the industrial system and the abolishing of the live export trade of sheep in Western Australia. These changes will give members the opportunity to advance conditions and wages in their industry. To take full advantage of the changing environment and to streamline costs, a decision has been made to amalgamate the South Australian and Western Australian Branch.

A meeting of the SA/WA Branch Committee of Management made a decision for this to occur, and it has been subsequently endorsed by the Federal Executive. South Australian members have been assigned to the Newcastle, Northern and Tasmanian Branch, and Western Australian members have been assigned to the Queensland Branch. This will allow the South Australian and Western Australian members to leverage off the resources that exist currently in the Newcastle and Queensland Branches. This is an opportunity to give the members in South Australia and Western Australia a larger voice and a more influential seat at the negotiating table.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS: For more information please go to https://newcastle.amieu.asn.au/

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS: For more information please go to https://www.amieuqld.asn.au/

Click here to view AMIEU SAWA Financial Statements 2023