Published: 06/06/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 06/06/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the June edition of your Member Benefits Update we encourage you to check your home loan to ensure you are getting the best rates, we highlight our great car insurance offer, we have an update on the recent increase to the minimum wage, we present ‘Change the Rules’ merchandise and we pay tribute to union legend, Ark Tribe.  Plus you can win one of six Madman DVDs!

Change The Rules rally

Photo: Unionists marching in the ‘Change The Rules’ rally in Melbourne, 9 May 2018

ME-Logo-Tile_SML.jpgHome Loan  

Time to check your home loan

The start of a new financial year is an ideal time to review your home loan – it can put money back in your pocket. 

Taking a few minutes to take stock of your mortgage makes a lot of sense. As a major financial commitment, your loan is likely to be one of your household’s largest outgoings. So it needs to provide you with a competitive rate while still providing flexible features.

How does the rate compare?

You don’t have to wait for the Reserve Bank to cut rates to get a better interest rate on your loan. It’s possible to make big savings by switching to a cheaper mortgage – do your research and compare your home loan against other home loans in the market. 

Check the fees

Ongoing monthly fees do little more than add to the loan cost, yet it’s an expense that can easily be avoided.

Read on for full article

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Sally McManus
Photo: ACTU Secretary Sally McManus speaking outside the FWC in Melbourne on 1 June 2018 

Minimum wage increase on 1 July

On 1st July 2018 the minimum wage will increase by 3.5% (or $24.30 per week) to $719.20 for full-time work. The new hourly rate will be $18.93. All award wages will also increase by 3.5 per cent.

This is the biggest percentage increase the Fair Work Commission has awarded and it has only happened because union members fought hard for it.

It means 2.3 million workers will get a pay rise next month.

But working people need more – we need a living wage.

The minimum wage should be pegged at 60% of the median wage, which is the mark set by the OECD for a wage that can support a worker and provide a comfortable life. Even with today’s increase we are still below that mark.

Read our full Media Release


Car insurance   

There’s more to car insurance than price

There’s more to car insurance than finding the cheapest premium, it’s about the right features at the right price.

Having the right features can help you get back on the road quicker and with less stress. Always read the PDS to know exactly what you are covered for and the limits. In particular, look out for the excess as a large excess can cancel out the savings you made in the premium.

Through Member Advantage, Vero Insurance offers premium comprehensive car insurance features at the right price:

  • Choose your cover – Cover your car for market value or agreed value
  • Choice of repairer – You choose the repairer with a lifetime guarantee on authorised repairs
  • Hire car – Get a hire car in the event of theft and not-at-fault accidents
  • Pay monthly at no extra cost

Visit your Australian Unions Member Benefits website to find our more or give Vero a call on 1800 250 962 for a quote on car insurance.

Conditions and Exclusions apply. A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) is available for these products and can be requested when you call for a quote, or can be downloaded from the Vero website: You should consider the PDS before deciding whether to buy any of these products. The insurer is AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 AFSL 230859 trading as Vero Insurance.


Ark Tribe  

Vale Ark Tribe

It is with much sadness that we report on the untimely death of SA unionist Ark Tribe last month.

Ark was the first construction worker to be charged with not attending a hearing under John Howard’s original ABCC laws.

In 2008, Ark participated in a workplace meeting over safety issues on a site in Adelaide that had such poor safety that WorkSafe shut it down.

The ABCC then demanded Ark appear at a secret interrogation. When Ark couldn’t be bullied into saying what was discussed at the workplace meeting that was called to demand greater safety, he was charged, dragged through the courts and threatened with jail. He was later aquitted and awarded costs.

He never set out to be a hero, but he was prepared to go to jail in order to defend the rights of work of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who work in the Australian building and construction industry.

Ark has the admiration and respect of the entire union movement.

Farewell to a union warrior.



Amnesty for stolen super lets thieves walk free

Late last month, minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer suggested an amnesty which would allow the employers who have stolen superannuation from 2.4 million Australian workers to avoid punishment.

Employers should be facing increased, financially meaningful penalties, instead they are being let off scot-free by a Government which has never demonstrated any interest in protecting the rights of working people.

ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly said, “The Government should be increasing penalties to try and stop wage theft and theft of superannuation; instead they are giving employers a green light as long as they return the money they stole.

“We need to change the rules so that employers are held to account for their actions, and if this Government won’t protect the rights of working people, then we need to change the government.”

Read on


Job Vacancies  

Want to work for a union?

If you’ve ever wanted to get a job working for the union movement, have we got a website for you! 

The ACTU Job Vacancies web page has a variety of positions vacant, from Organiser roles to Communications, Admin and everything in between.

So if you’re in the market for a great union job check out what’s on offer today.



Get your ‘Change The Rules’ activist gear here!

Last month we proudly announced the launch of our new online shop where you can purchase all your activist gear.
On offer we have our trademark ‘Change The Rules’ t-shirts for $20 plus bin stickers and badges. 

Wear your union pride to help Change the Rules.

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WIN a Madman DVD this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of bothManifesto‘ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deerthat we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month! 


To enter the ‘Manifesto’ DVD competition email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th June 2018.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

To enter the ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ DVD competition email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th June 2018.


ACTU Congress 2018


ACTU Congress 2018

Next month over 800 delegates representing workers from every industry and sector in Australia will attend the ACTU Congress at Brisbane Convention Centre on Tuesday 17th July 2018 and Wednesday 18th July 2018.

This is the largest and most important gathering of Australian Unions and it sets the Union agenda for the next three years. Delegates will debate and vote on policies regarding the workplace, rights and campaigns to improve wages, conditions and the standard of living for Australian workers and their families.

The ACTU thanks all sponsors and partners for their support of the 2018 ACTU Congress. 

Find out more about ACTU Congress 


Member Benefits Update June 2018

Member Benefits Update June 2018