Published: 07/04/2017
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 07/04/2017
Category: Member Benefits

In the April edition of your Member Benefits Update read about the victory of workers at Parmalat in Echuca, learn how to save money using a range of different financial apps (as recommended by ME), join our FREE footy tipping competitions plus there are two great Super books to win.

AMWU ETU and ACTU Secretary

Member Benefits Update April 2017

In the April edition of your Member Benefits Update read about the victory of workers at Parmalat in Echuca, learn how to save money using a range of different financial apps (as recommended by ME), join our FREE footy tipping competitions plus there are two great Super books to win.  Now read on!

Photo: Parmalat workers from Echuca with newly elected ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus on Monday 20 March 2017

Sally McManus


Sally McManus elected Secretary of ACTU

The Australian Council of Trade Unions’ (ACTU) Executive has elected Sally McManus as the new Secretary.

Sally is the 10th elected ACTU Secretary in the organisation’s 90-year history and the first woman to hold the prestigious position. She fills the role vacated by former Secretary Dave Oliver, who left the ACTU in January. Sally was previously an ACTU vice president.

“I would like to thank the ACTU Affiliates for electing me as Secretary. It is a great privilege to serve the movement and continue a lifelong pursuit of protecting the rights of working people” Sally said.

Read on



Handy financial app tips from ME

Don’t worry, be appy

No matter whether you prefer to shop, chat or simply browse online, chances are you’re not making the most of everything the internet offers.

There’s a whole raft of money management tools available online, yet research by ME shows only 15% of Australians are using financial apps or web-based tools to boost their money mojo.

Read on




The ACTU Footy Tipping Competitions are now underway!

Hey union footy tipsters! The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are currently underway but it’s not too late to join!

There is a total of $2000 in prizes up for grabs with the highest tipster in each competition winning a $1,000 ME EveryDay Transaction Account*.

So union members make sure you go to to either register as a new tipster or reactivate your footy tipping profile from previous years and then click on the links below for either comp.

Handy tip: If you’re reactivating your tipping profile remember to use your username NOT your email address when logging in.

AFL Tipping Comp password is union

NRL Tipping Comp password is union

*Open to residents of Australia who are current financial members of an ACTU affiliated union or, for retirees, who were financial members as of the date of their retirement. For full terms & conditions please visit



Parmalat workers in Echuca WIN!

The ACTU welcomes the recent resolution of the Parmalat dispute in Echuca, with Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) and Electrical Trade Union (ETU) members voting to accept an agreement that includes wage rises, improved redundancy provisions, and mandated consultation if contractors are brought in.

ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, who was with the workers on the day of the announcement said, “This new agreement is a huge win for the Parmalat workers in Echuca who have been locked out of their workplace for more than two months.”

“Following on from the win by CUB workers last year, there is a clear warning to big business that they should stop trying to undermine or attack workers and instead work with unions to ensure fair and mutually beneficial outcomes.”

Watch our Facebook video of the workers in Echuca


Wallet and credit card  

How your bosses can use your wage like a credit card

A disturbing number of small businesses use their employees’ superannuation entitlements like credit cards, an expert has warned.

Cath Bowtell, CEO of Industry Fund Services, said her company has strong evidence to suggest that a big contributor to Australia’s black hole of unpaid super is small businesses turning their workers into “unwilling creditors”.

“They often use it for cash flow. These businesses are effectively borrowing that money without the employee knowing – they’re an unwilling and unknowledgeable creditor,” Ms Bowtell told The New Daily.

IFS collects unpaid super on behalf of nine industry funds. In 2015-16, it contacted about 192,000 employers it believed to be behind on their super payments, which resulted in 37,400 of them coughing up $182 million owing to 297,000 workers. This is “only the tip of the iceberg”, Ms Bowtell said.

Read the full story on The New Daily website.

Note – The New Daily is an initiative of Australia’s Industry Superfunds — workers’ retirement funds — to ensure we have a news source that is honest and free from spin.  



Walk all over breast cancer at the 2017 Mother’s Day Classic

Registrations are open for the 2017 Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 14 May. 

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. In 2016, more than 107,000 Australians who took part in the event raised $3 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This takes the total raised since 1998 to $30.4 million.

ME has proudly supported the Mother’s Day Classic since 2005.


Workers Capital book
Super Legacy book


Win one of two Super books!

We are pleased to be able to give away two important new books on Superannuation this month. We have one copy of each book to for luck readers to win.

Workers’ Capital tells the story of the Australian superannuation revolution led by trade unions in the 1980s. After a series of hard-fought industrial campaigns, an enormous financial industry was created, involving hundreds of thousands of employers and covering millions of fund members. From having one of the worst retirement savings systems in the developed world, in three decades Australia had one of the best.

Keating’s and Kelty’s Super Legacy shows the birth pangs were painful, delivery uncertain, and survival constantly threatened. “Universal superannuation for all working Australians has taken this nation from the middle order to be the envy of the world in just 25 years. Driven by then Treasurer Paul Keating and ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty, compulsory super now stands as one of the great innovations since Federation. Yet most Australians know little about the origins of what has become a distinguishing national emblem. This book does much to tell that proud story.”  – Hon Peter Collins AM QC, Chair, Industry Super Australia. Our copy of the book is signed by author.

To win one of these great books email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 28th April 2017.




Minimum wage must increase by $45 a week to avoid working poor

ACTU secretary Sally McManus announced last week the union movement’s call for a $45 a week increase to the minimum wage.  A real increase to the minimum wage will address rising cost of living, inflation and boost the economy.

The ACTU said the increase to the minimum wage by $45 a week would not only boost family budgets, it would flow on to a substantial pick-up across the whole economy.

“We are living through a time when corporations and the very rich have become far too powerful and this has happened so quickly that our laws and rights – and the things that keep things in balance – have not kept up.” Ms McManus said.

Read more




ACTU’s NEXGEN17 Conference – 26-28 June

On June 26-28 this year, we’re combining the ACTU Organising & OHS conferences to create NEXGEN17 – a conference for the whole union movement.

At NEXGEN17 we will explore the challenges that confront our movement and motivate each other to find new ways to win for working people.

View the NEXGEN17 Program

This is a conference for everyone: Leaders, Organisers, Campaigners, Online and Digital Experts, Communicators, Educators, WHS and Industrial Officers, and our rank and file leaders.

Register for NEXGEN17

We thank all our NEXGEN partners for their support.




Get great deals at Tyresales

For a limited time only, buy 3 tyres and get 1 more FREE on selected tyre brands at Tyresales!

The tyres available for this offer are marked with a red ‘Buy 3 get 1 Free’ bubble. In addition, union members will receive an additional 10% off * on any other purchase of tyres by using the redemption code ‘UNIONS‘ upon checkout.

* Additional 10% discount not available in conjunction with the Buy 3 get 1 Free promotion or any other promotion.

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





Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle

Support the 2017 Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle and stand with workers around the world striving for justice and safe and decent work.

As well as giving you a shot at some great prizes, your support of the raffle is vital to keeping Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA independent, effective and strong.

Tickets are $5 each and there are 10 tickets in a book.

FIRST PRIZE is the opportunity to take the holiday of your dreams with a travel voucher valued at $8,000

SECOND PRIZE is a top of the range bicycle valued at $2,499

THIRD PRIZE is a $500 Book Voucher

Buy online

  1. Buy tickets online (and save APHEDA the costs of postage) or;
  2. FREECALL 1800 888 674, fax (02) 9261 1118 or email [email protected]


The team at Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update April 2017

Member Benefits Update April 2017