Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Common myth No. 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 […]

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Common myth No. 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 […]

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Common myth No. 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 […]

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Common myth No. 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.

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Common myth No. 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 […]

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Common myth No. 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.

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Common myth No. 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.

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Common myth No. 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.

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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 […]

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How do I join?

Application forms are available from plant delegates or the union officials as they visit your worksite.  You can also contact the AMIEU office in Wayville by phoning 8274 4100 or toll free for country and Western Australian callers on 1800 882 645.  Our email address isamieusa@internode.on.net.

See also Join AMIEU.

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