Published: 09/05/2016
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 09/05/2016
Category: Member Benefits

In the May edition of your Member Benefits Update we dissect the 2016 Federal Budget, we urge you to ‘Take the Pledge’ to put the Liberals last come election day, there’s a great offer from, some money myths get busted, there’s info on how you can join the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic plus there’s some great DVDs to win!


Member Benefits Update May 2016

In the May edition of your Member Benefits Update we dissect the 2016 Federal Budget, we urge you to ‘Take the Pledge’ to put the Liberals last come election day, there’s a great offer from, some money myths get busted, there’s info on how you can join the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic plus there’s some great DVDs to win!


New budget a dismal failure for workers, education, health and jobs

The wealthiest one percent of Australian households will be breaking out the cigars in celebration at Budget 2016 according to economic experts.

The new budget fosters in a lethal trifecta if you fall within the 75 per cent of households earning less than $80,000 per year.

It means under-funding for schools, cuts to hospital budgets and triples the budget deficit.

The budget, which  includes proposed cuts to income tax and a new work-for-the-dole scheme, will see the deficit figure blow out $3.4 billion to $37.1 billion next financial year, and remain in the red for four years.

Read on for full article



Take the Pledge!

Our living standards make Australia great, but the Liberals are undermining them. The Federal Budget was an opportunity to reverse the damage done by Tony Abbott and to act to make multinational corporations pay their fair share of tax. Instead, Malcolm Turnbull is entrenching inequality by keeping deep cuts to health and education and creating an employment scheme which will see young people working for $4 an hour.

We can stop them.  Pledge to put them last this election.



Money myths debunked

Forget the mistakes and misconceptions. We bust three common money myths to send your wallet soaring.

Myth 1 Avoid credit cards – it’ll all end in tears

Credit cards have some real upsides. They’re incredibly handy in an emergency, and if you’re just starting out, credit cards let you build a credit score. That’s something lenders look at when you’re ready to buy a car or home.

The key is to choose a low rate card charging the same rate for purchases and cash advances, with zero annual card fees. They do exist. Check out ME’s frank credit card*.

Read on for more debunked money myths

*Credit criteria, conditions, fees and charges apply.

Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 Australian Credit Licence.



2016 Mother’s Day Classic – on this Sunday 8 May!

Registrations are still open for the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk happening this Sunday 8 May 2016.  If you are a Melbourne union member 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! We will meet at the AIST marquee at around 8:30am and will be wearing our union gear such as the ‘We Are Union’ and ‘Build a Better Future’ T-shirts.

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 $27.4 million dollars and breast cancer survival rates have increased to 89%, up 6%, since the Mother’s Day Classic began in 1998.

ME is the major sponsor of the Mother’s Day Classic.



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, 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 Ford Mustang
  • Free membership to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program , providing you with an express rental experience worldwide.

To access these great rates union members must quote a special Hertz CDP discount offer number 1862758.  As this is an exclusive offer for unions members to get this number simply head to and request the code via our online form.


Photo courtesy of VTHC

Workers’ Memorial Day

John Waltis was just one of the many thousands of workers who gathered around the world last Thursday to remember comrades hurt or killed at work.

Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28,  is specially poignant for John, a father-of-two, who has been to the funeral of more than 50 colleagues, many of them close friends.

“It’s not just the death of your workmate, it’s seeing how hard it hits their families and those left behind,” says the 63-year-old who has worked as a truck driver for more than 30 years.

This is  just one of the real life stories behind the grim statistics — already this year there have been more than 40 workplace deaths.

International Workers’ Memorial Day, held every year  since 1996, is a time to remember the dead and fight for the living says the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

ACTU President Ged Kearney is calling for a fundamental shift in the structure of how we work.

Read on for full article on the ‘Working Life’ website.



Cost +$1 on selected tyres at

For a limited time only, purchase selected Bridgestone tyres at the fitted cost +$1. Tyres that are available for this offer are marked with a blue ‘our cost +$1 bubble.

In addition, union members will receive an additional $50 discount on any purchase of 4 tyres by using the redemption code ‘ACTU‘ upon checkout.

Save money by shopping for your tyres online at With access to over 1,500 fitment centres across Australia, you not only get the best deal, you also get the best local service!

The heavily discounted prices also include free fitting and balancing, free shipping to metro areas, free tyre roadside assistance, free tubeless valves and free tyre disposal.

Save now by visiting



Win a DVD from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 DVD copies of 99 Homes or‘Mississippi Grind’ that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

99 Homes

In this timely thriller, hard-working single father Dennis Nash and his mother are cruelly evicted from their home. Desperate to get his house back, Nash goes to work for the wealthy and ruthless businessman Rick Carver – the very man who repossessed Nash’s home.

To win a copy of ‘99 Homes’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th May 2015.

Mississippi Grind

In this lively, freewheeling road movie, Ben Mendelsohn plays Gerry, a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans.

To win a double pass to see ‘Mississippi Grind’ email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th May 2015.



Check out all the offers

Access an even greater range of benefits by registering for our secure Member Benefits website. 

Our program has expanded to include:

• Discounted movie tickets
• Discounted gift cards for top retailers and attractions
• A discounted accommodation booking site
• Discounted Tyres, Car Hire and wine
• Banking – great Mates Rates from ME
• A new secure member only website and smart phone app

This is a free program available to affiliated union members, with the option to upgrade for access to more benefits.

So make sure you register now


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Superannuation changes

This week’s budget contained a substantial number of changes to superannuation.

Industry Super Australia, who represents 15 industry super funds, has published an interesting short summary of the changes.

Find out more on their website here.


The team at Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update May 2016

Member Benefits Update May 2016