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Beat the top five financial stresses of 2019

Feeling the pinch of financial stress? Industry super fund-owned bank ME identifies some of the top financial concerns facing Australian households – and what you can do to beat them in 2019.

Member Benefits Update December 2018

From the team at 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 Festive Pack competition with some great prizes on offer, there's some timely advice from ME on how to spend wisely over the holidays, we highlight special offers from Vero Insurance and there's news on how to save money with our Member Benefits program.  Enjoy the holidays and we will catch you again in 2019!

Questions at Work

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.

Do I Have to Apply to get The Minimum Wage increase?

Chelley asks:

 My boss has put up a notice at work saying if we want to apply for the increase in our wages that’s meant to come in on July 1st we need to email him by the Friday our pays are done, which is next week and he’ll let us know his decision asap. Is this true?  And if it is, what should I put in my application?

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