Member Benefits Update June 2015 - ACTU Australian Unions
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Member Benefits Update June 2015

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Member Benefits Update June 2015

Welcome to the June edition of your Member Benefits Update!  There's an ACTU Congress wrap up, some great tips on playing your (credit) cards right, a fantastic offer on some premium bubbles from Cracka Wines, news about our exciting new smartphone app, great prizes to win and loads more!

Photo: L-R ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver, ACTU President Ged Kearney, ACTU Assistant Secretaries Michael Borowick and Scott Connolly at the recent ACTU Congress in Melbourne


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ACTU Congress resolves to Build A Better Future

Australian unions concluded the ACTU Congress 2015 invigorated by the launch of a new 'Build A Better Future' campaign to protect workers’ rights and living standards. About 1000 union delegates from around the country met at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium from 26-28 May to debate and vote on the policies that will shape the union movement’s agenda for the next three years. All policies and resolutions are being made available at congress.actu.org.au and you can read more Congress special coverage from Working Life.

We would like to thank ME and all our Congress sponsors for their support.


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Fancy bubbles for less from Cracka Wines!

As a union member, you can access huge savings on some mighty fine wines, such as the current offer available at crackawines.com.au/unions.

This deal, available a few months ago and now back due to popular demand, is the 'Deluxe Entertainers Wine Pack'.  This includes 11 bottles of premium wine from wineries including Geoff Merrill and Grant Burge plus a 750ml bottle of Moët & Chandon French champagne!

Worth over $300, you can get it for just $113.05 + delivery with your exclusive union discount. Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout when you use the code word UNIONS. Including delivery of just $7.50 this works out to be just a smidge over $10 per bottle.  A bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne for just 10 bucks? What a Cracka!

So head over to crackawines.com.au/unions now and grab this special deal, exclusive to union members,
before Friday 26 June.


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Play your cards right

High fees and sneaky interest hikes could be draining your finances.

There’s no denying credit cards are useful but there are also important traps to avoid. We look at simple steps to play your cards right.

Check the rate you’re paying

If you’re not sure about the interest rate on your credit card, take a look at your latest card statement. You could be in for a nasty surprise.

While home loan rates have tumbled, the average card rate has skyrocketed from 16.9% p.a. in January 2015 to 17.03% p.a. at present.

Sticking with a high rate card means wasting money because cheaper options are available.  Some low rate credit cards for instance, offer a rate under 10% - not just on purchases but also for cash advances.

Read on for full article.

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Rosie Batty endorses union push for domestic violence leave

The ACTU welcomes the support of Australian of the Year and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty for its claim to give millions of workers access to domestic violence leave. Ms Batty appeared at the ACTU Congress to offer her support for the ACTU’s claim to give more than four million workers covered by an award access to ten days paid domestic violence leave for permanent staff and ten days unpaid leave for casuals.

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Punter's footy tipping update

Hey union footy tipsters, did you know there is a weekly column on Working Life just for you?

Go to the Working Life Footy Tipping page every Thursday for a recap of the previous round in the AFL and NRL and a preview of the form and main match-ups of the next weekend's round.

Also, find out who is leading your respective competition and by how much. Written by 'Punter', it's an irreverent look at footy that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Hundreds of union members are vying for a $1000 prize from ME Bank in this year's Union Footy Tipping competition, presented by Australian Unions.

To be part of the AFL competition, go here; for NRL enthusiasts, go here.  Password for both competitions is 'union'.

Good luck and happy tipping!


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Lowest paid workers continue to do it tough despite $16 pay rise

Australia’s 1.86 million lowest paid workers will receive a $16, or 2.5%, increase to their weekly pay packets following the Fair Work Commission’s decision in the annual wage case on 2 June. This increase is not enough to close the growing gap between average and minimum wages that is putting enormous pressure on our lowest paid. As a result of this decision the national minimum wage will be just 43.3 per cent of average weekly ordinary time earnings, the lowest proportion on record.

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Win movie tickets and smartphone covers this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 x double passes to Village & Events Cinemas or one of 10 x smartphone covers that we are giving away to 13 lucky union members this month!

Please note: Smartphone covers suitable for iPhones 5 & 6 (not 6 Plus) and Samsung Galaxy 5 models only.

Double Passes to Village & Event Cinemas

To win a double pass email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th June 2015.

Smartphone Covers - iPhone 5 & 6, Samsung Galaxy 5

To win an Australian Unions smartphone cover email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th June 2015.

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Our exciting new app is launched!

Australian Unions Member Benefits has launched some new and exclusive Member Benefits this month.

Our program has expanded to include:

  • Discounted movie tickets for Village, Hoyts, Palace and Event cinemas.
  • Discounted electronic gift cards - for JB Hi-Fi, Rebel Sport, Dick Smith, ITunes and My Fun (which includes major theme parks, zoos and aquariums).
  • A discounted accommodation booking site.
  • A new secure member only website and smart phone app.

All this is free to all members of affiliated unions. Details of how to login are being sent to members of our Australian Unions Member Benefits mailing list over the next two weeks. Once you confirm your union membership details you will be able to access all these benefits. If want to make sure you will get access register for our Member Benefits now.

So stay tuned and look out for your invitation to join in.


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Budget verdict: another missed oppportunity

There were fewer surprises in Joe Hockey’s second Budget on 12 May, but it did little to address the many challenges facing Australian workers and their families. And by scaling back the paid parental leave scheme introduced by the Labor Government in 2010, which guaranteed new parents 18 weeks’ pay at the minimum wage in addition to what their employer already provided, the government has actually made life harder for workers. Read Working Life’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Budget.



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4 reasons women need to think about their financial futures differently  

There is a lot written about the differences between the sexes, much of it humorous.

However, when it comes to money and planning your financial future and retirement, women do need to think about many additional factors, that often have more impact on their finances than that of men. These include:

  1. Broken employment patterns
  2. Part time and casual work
  3. Longer life expectancy
  4. Divorce and Transmitted Debt

To find out more about the factors that can impact your financial future and what you can do to overcome them, visit the Australian Unions Financial Advice Toolkit and read more about Financial Planning and Women (or download the fact sheet).

The information in this article is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before investing in any product you should therefore read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and consider the appropriateness of any investment for your objectives, financial situation or needs. The Australian Unions Financial Advice Toolkit is powered by Industry Fund Services Limited (IFS),  ABN 54 007 016 195, AFSL 232514 IFS one of the largest providers of financial services and products to industry super funds, unions and their members.

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