Published: 09/03/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 09/03/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the March edition of your Member Benefits Update find out about what’s happening in your state for International Women’s Day, learn about the gender gap in Superannuation, there are our FREE footy tipping competitions for union members to join, you can register for the 2018 Mother’s Day Classic and save a tonne with great ‘union member only’ deals on home insurance and new cars.  Plus there’s another couple of fantastic DVDs to win.  

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The money mistake you can’t afford to make

One in four Australians are making a big mistake with their money and it’s draining their finances.

Research shows 25% of Aussies are not paying off debt even though they’re sitting on cash savings. And it turns out it’s not something that’s unique to Australians. Researchers in the UK have even coined the term “co-holding” to describe the habit of being in debt while having savings.

There can be perfectly logical reasons to hold both debt and savings. After all, having a pool of spare cash makes us more confident about managing an emergency.  The problem is, co-holding could be costing you dearly. Let’s do the sums to see why.

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International Women's Day   

International Women’s Day on 8 March #TimeIsNow

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
Some unions, trades & labour councils and workplaces will be holding IWD events – be sure to check with your union or local state labour council for details of any events in your area.
Victorian Trades Hall Council, Unions NSW, Queensland Council of Unions, SA Unions, Unions Tasmania, Unions WA, Unions NT and Unions ACT


Gender Super Gap   

The gender Superannuation gap

You’ve probably heard of the gender pay gap. But did you know that the gap worsens in retirement and is called the gender superannuation gap? Other contributing factors include; women being more likely to have a career break to raise children or care for parents, and tax concessions being disproportionately skewed to higher income earners (the majority of whom are men).

Did you know?

  • The current gender pay gap in Australia is around 18%.
  • Women retire with an average of 47% less super. Try the Women vs Men super comparison tool to see how you could be affected.
  • The gender superannuation gap affects nearly half of all retired women in Australia.
  • In 2012, approximately 40% of single women in retirement were living in poverty.

The onus shouldn’t be on women to fix the problem. The government must act by:

  1. Removing the rule that those earning less than $450 a month (who are mostly women) don’t get super.
  2. Pay super on parental leave
  3. Increase employer super contributions to 12%.

Help Industry Super Australia close the gender super gap by following their campaign here



Get realistic about your insurance

It’s time to get realistic about your insurance. Review your insurance policies to make sure your assets as adequately covered.

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to home insurance is: “it will never happen to me.” The reality is that many people may be under-insured and totally unaware of this fact.

Visit Australian Unions Website to find out more or call 1300 853 352.

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Footy Tipping


The ACTU Footy Tipping Competitions are back for 2018!

Hey union footy tipsters!  The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are happening again in 2017. The NRL season begins this Thursday 8th March and the AFL kicks off on Thursday 22nd March. 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

There is also our AFL Women’s Tipping Competition which is free to join.

*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


 Motor Report tWoman  

Find your new car with the Motor Report

Time to buy a New Car? The Motor Report has all the information to make your decision easier. And there are exclusive offers for union members:

  • Pre-arranged savings on new Small Compact, SUV’s, 4WD’s, Family Cars, Commercial and Prestige vehicles.
  • Compare pricing, specifications, optional extras & more.
  • All new car makes and models – pricing, expert reviews, technical specifications, safety & fuel efficiencies.
  • Specials exclusive to union members

Make the correct, informed decision for you – check out the specials exclusive to union members at 


Change The Rules survey results   

Workers want fair pay and secure jobs

The largest survey of workers ever undertaken by the Australian union movement, released on 2nd March, shows that working Australians are overwhelmingly concerned about the difficulty of winning fair pay increases and the threats to good, secure jobs.

The survey of 57,959 people conducted from September 2017 to February 2018 found:

  • 81.4% say it’s hard to get a decent pay rise in their workplace
  • 91% are worried about the loss of permanent jobs for the next generation of workers in Australia
  • 95.6 % agreed unions should be able to bargain with the decision makers, whether it’s at enterprise, franchise, sector or industry level
  • 83.5% say its “extremely important” to change the rules so employers cannot get away with underpaying workers

Of the respondents, 90.91% were union members. 

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Register now for the 2018 Mother’s Day Classic!

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Mother’s Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 13 May 2018. 

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 2017, participants in the event raised $2.8 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In total, since the event began 20 years ago, over $33.2 million has been donated by Mother’s Day Classic participants.

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


I Am Not Your Negro
That's Not Me

Win one of 6 DVDs from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ and ‘That’s Not Me’ that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

I Am Not Your Negro
The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro is based on literary iconoclast and queer icon James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends and US Civil Rights Movement leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. 

To win a copy of I Am Not Your Negro email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 30th March 2018.

That’s Not Me
Polly’s dreams of making it as an actor are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy catapults to international stardom. Mistaken for her famous sister at every turn, Polly scrambles to catch up – juggling woeful auditions, painfully awkward dates and her underwhelming job at the local cinema. Running out of options, Polly takes an ill-advised trip to the coalface of celebrity dreams: Los Angeles, California. There Polly begins to realise that maybe there’s no such thing as ‘making it’ after all. 

To win a copy of That’s Not Me email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 30th March 2018.


The team at Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update March 2018

Member Benefits Update March 2018