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

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Member Benefits Update May 2015

Happy May Day to all our readers across the country! The May edition of your Member Benefits Update' busts some commonly held myths regarding home loans, there's info on how you can join the 2015 Mother's Day Classic, great prizes to win and loads more!


Main photo: Janine and Cassie Webb from the Your Rights at Work team at the 2007 Mother's Day Classic in Melbourne.

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2015 Mother's Day Classic is on Sunday 10th May!

Since 2007, the ACTU has had a union team in the Mother's Day Classic and we are proud to support this great event once again.

The Mother's Day Classic fun run/walk is on this Sunday 10 May 2015.  While online registrations are now closed you can still register to walk on the day at each event. Be sure to register as part of your union or Trades and Labour Council team in an event in your state. If you are in Melbourne and would like to join the Australian Unions team, we are called 'The Walkers United' and we'll be participating in both the walking/running events. Don't forget to wear your union gear on the day! If you can't attend please consider sponsoring ACTU President, Ged Kearney or one of our other team members.

From modest beginnings in 1998, the Mother's Day Classic has grown into one of Australia's largest national charity events and has become an integral part of Mother's Day for thousands of Australians. The Mother's Day Classic has raised $24.3 million dollars and breast cancer survival rates have increased to 89%, up 6%, since the Mother's Day Classic began in 1998.

ME Bank is the major sponsor of the Mother's Day Classic.


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Home loan myths busted!

Confused about home loans? Our FAQs set the record straight.

Myth 1 – There’s no difference between a basic loan and a standard loan

When it comes to standard versus basic loans it helps to think of fare types with airlines. A standard loan will give you more features than a basic loan but it may come with a slightly higher rate. The key is to only pay for the features you need and will use.

Myth 2 – Redraw lets me take money out of my home loan

Yes, redraw lets you withdraw funds from your home loan but only if you are ahead on your loan. So if you have made extra payments worth $10,000, you can potentially redraw up to $10,000 back out of the loan.

Read the full article re: home loan mythbusting!

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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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Nepali unions call for global union support

With over 4,000 people confirmed dead, and over a million children said to be ‘severely affected’, Nepal needs our help.

Nepali unions are organising immediate assistance and are calling for global union support.

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is working with the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) and Union Network Nepal Liaison Council (UNI NLC) to provide the following support:

  • Medical treatment for injured
  • Temporary tent and housing
  • Water and food supply
Global union support is very much needed at this time. Every contribution counts in the effort to rebuild the lives of people in Nepal.

Please donate today.

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Are you planning a holiday road trip?

For your next holiday why not try out this great Hertz car rental offer for union members:

  • 5% discount off the lowest leisure rates in the Hertz system on passenger vehicles - ranging from the nifty Nissan Micra, to a powerful Ford XR6, to a eco-friendly Toyota Hybrid, or family friendly Toyota Kluger or 8 seater minibus.
  • 10% discount off all Prestige, Fun & Adrenaline Collection vehicles - why not spoil yourself and hire a BMW, Mini Cooper or Toyota 86GTS!
  • Free membership to Hertz No.1 Club Gold , providing you with an express rental experience worldwide.

To access these great rates union members must quote a special Hertz CDP discount offer number.  As this is an exclusive offer for unions members to get this number simply head to australianunions.org.au/car_hire and request the code via our online form.


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Workers' Memorial Day

Forget terrorism, sharks or dodgy airlines – just going to work has been much more deadly for hundreds of Australians in recent years.

Last year 185 people were killed at work and already there have been almost 50 fatalities in 2015. The stats are worrying given fatalities are rising for many of our most dangerous professions.

And those are just the recorded deaths from incidents at work, excluding the hundreds more as a result of work-related illnesses and diseases, like mesothelioma.

On Tuesday 28th April Australian workers joined worldwide commemorations for International Workers’ Memorial Day recognising those who didn’t come home. The day remembers those killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work, highlighting the preventable nature of workplace accidents under the slogan ‘Remember the dead – Fight for the living’.

Read on for full article on the 'Working Life' website.


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Election of new ACTU Assistant Secretary

The ACTU is pleased to announce that Mr Scott Connolly was unanimously elected as the new Assistant Secretary by the ACTU Executive recently.

Mr Connolly joins the ACTU following a lifetime of commitment to the Trade Union Movement including the last 16 years at the Transport Workers Union.

During his time as the lead national aviation official for the TWU Scott was involved in increasing parental leave entitlements for workers at Virgin. He was also involved in the world leading introduction of domestic violence leave.

Mr Connolly will fill the casual vacancy created by the departure of former Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons. Elections for all officials will be held at the upcoming ACTU Congress in May.

Read the full article on the ACTU website.


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Win some great prizes from Madman this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 DVD copies of 'May in the Summer' or or one of 5 double passes to see 'Partisan' that we are giving away to 8 lucky union members this month!

May in the Summer

High off the success of her first book and planning to marry Ziad, her sensible, stable and studious fiance, May Brennan has it all. At least that's what she'd like people to believe. Reunited with her family in Amman, she's thrust back into the chaos of her former existence. Her headstrong mother Nadine, a born-again Christian, disapproves of her Muslim fiance so much that she plans to boycott the wedding; her younger sisters Dalia and Yasmine behave like her children, and her estranged father Edward is suddenly and suspiciously interested in making amends.

To win a copy of ‘May in the Summer’ email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th May 2015.

Partisan - in Cinemas May 28

Alexander is like any other kid: playful, curious and naive. He is also a trained assassin. Raised in a hidden paradise on the outskirts of town, Alexander has grown up seeing the world through the eyes of his father, Gregori. As Alexander begins to think for himself, creeping fears take shape and Gregori’s idyllic world unravels.

To win a double pass to see 'Partisan' email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th May 2015.

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ACTU Congress 2015

ACTU Congress will be held from 26 May to 28 May 2015 at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

ACTU Congress is the premier decision-making forum for Australian unions and is held once every three years. More than a 1000 union officials are expected to attend.

Congress will have major plenary sessions, speeches from the ACTU President and Secretary, other keynote speakers and ACTU policy debates. 

Confirmed speakers include: The Hon. Bill Shorten, the Hon. Julia Gillard, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Greg Combet and Mr Robert Reich, US Secretary of Labour in the Clinton Administration and creator of the film 'Inequality for All'.

There will also be some Fringe Events and you will find an Australian Unions Member Benefits display booth in the Sponsors' Exhibition. If you are at Congress this year come and visit us. 

For further information visit the ACTU Congress website.


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 Member Benefits  

Coming soon to a computer or mobile phone near you!

We are excited to announce that Australian Unions is launching some new and exclusive Member Benefits over the next month.

Our program is expanding 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 register will be sent to members of our Australian Unions Member Benefit mailing list in May. If you are not on our mailing list register for our Member Benefits now.

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


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