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Questions at Work

Do I Get Paid Less Because I Come From Overseas?

ANONYMOUS I work on a plant farm. My friend at work is paid more than me. I asked my boss and he said it is because he is a citizen. Is this true?


I'm a Casual Worker But I Want to Be Made Permanent

Erinna asks:

I’ve been a casual here for nearly 3 years. Last year I asked my manager if I could be made permanent  They said they’d think about it but although I’ve asked a couple of times since I haven’t heard anything back. I don’t understand why not as I work pretty much the same shifts every week. It’s really important to me as my partner and I are saving for a house deposit and I probably won’t get a loan if I’m casual. Is there anything I can do?

Can Our Boss Charge Us For Breakages

R asks:

There was a thing on the noticeboard at work from the owner saying that those of us who worked last Saturday night would have our pay docked as a tray of glasses was dropped when someone slipped loading the glass washer and everything got broken. The notice said that to be fair they would divide the cost of replacing the glasses between us so one person wouldn’t have to pay for the whole lot. Can they do this? It was a busy night accident and it just doesn’t seem fair.

Member Benefits News

ME supporting members impacted by bushfires

ME has activated its natural disaster hotline to support ME customers affected by bushfires. 

Member Benefits Update December 2019

From Australian Unions Member Benefits we would like to wish all our readers a very happy and safe holiday season.  In December's edition we bring you our very popular Festive Pack competition with some great prizes on offer, there's some wonderful sustainable gift ideas from ME, also gift ideas from our Member Benefits program and there's a great offer from our new partners, Union Health!  Also check out our special December competition to win one of 10 double in-season passes to see Jumanji - The Next Level. Enjoy the holidays and we will catch you again in 2020!