Published: 05/09/2018
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 05/09/2018
Category: Member Benefits

In the September edition of your Member Benefits Update we bring you a special union member discount on tickets to see, ‘Madiba the Musical’, we look at ways to spring clean your finances, there’s tips on preparing for bushfire season, an update about our recent national door-knock and we pay tribute to former ACTU Assistant Secretary, Laurie Carmichael.  Plus you can win one of six excellent Madman DVDs.

Photo: ACTU President Michele O’Neil with Change the Rules activists in Rockhampton on Saturday 1 September.


Spring clean your finances

Give your finances a clean sweep to get your money matters in great shape for summer – find out how from ME.

Spring is in the air, and while you’re probably focusing on getting your home and garden looking good, don’t overlook the need to give your finances a thorough spring clean.

ME looks at five ways to put the spring back in your fiscal health.

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Protecting a member’s most valuable asset

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 4 women suffer from a disability during their working life that results in them taking more than six months off work.

One in five families will be impacted by a serious accident or illness that renders a parent unable to work. For a typical family, without insurance, this could result in the loss of more than half their household income.

What is Group Income Protection Insurance?

Group Income Protection insurance is a type of insurance policy usually taken out by a company on behalf of its employees as part of an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) or voluntarily by a group of employees.

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CtR doorknock

‘Change The Rules’ national door-knock

Our wonderful ‘Change the Rules’ volunteers, together with ACTU President Michele O’Neil and ACTU Secretary Sally McManus, mobilised around the country on Saturday 1 September and hit the streets for a massive national door knock. Our message? Australia needs a pay rise.

Hundreds of selfies were taken on the day. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to get an idea of the fantastic reception volunteers got and the issues people feel strongly about. Feel free to share and retweet on social media and elsewhere using the hashtags #ChangeTheRules and #AustraliaNeedsAPayrise.

Volunteer for upcoming door knocks happening around the country in September.


Bushfire season is approaching; be prepared

Australia is facing the possibility of having a much longer fire season of about six or seven months, with bushfire season officially starting in October 2018 and running through to April 2019.

Now is the time to prepare for the bushfire season. Vero insurance has tips on how to prepare:

Before a bushfire

  • Ensure you have a Bushfire Survival Plan. Prepare this as soon as you can and discuss it with your family.
  • If you haven’t already, prepare an emergency kit and keep it handy e.g. first aid supplies, torch, battery operated radio, important documents and medicines.
  • Regularly clear gutters and rubbish around the property
  • More tips

Visit your Australian Unions Member Benefits website to find out more or give Vero a call on 1800 250 962 for a quote on home and contents insurance.

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Vale Laurie Carmichael

The Australian union movement is saddened by the passing last month of former ACTU Assistant Secretary Laurie Carmichael.

Laurie dedicated his life to improving the living standards of working people and he shall be remembered as a giant of the Australian union movement.

After serving in World War II, in the fight to keep Australia free from fascism and Nazism, Laurie joined the Amalgamated Engineers Union (a forerunner to today’s Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, AMWU) while working on the Williamstown naval dockyards.

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ACTU / ME Footy Tipping winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the ACTU / ME Footy Tipping Competitions!

The winner of the AFL tipping comp is David Cummaudo, an ASU member and avid Geelong supporter from Melbourne. David won with a fantastic score of 151 points with a margin of 630 at the end of the AFL home and away season.  David will receive $1,000 into an Everyday Transaction Account from ME.  Hearty congratulations, David!

The NRL footy tipping competition winner is Robert Lumsden, an MUA member who is also from Melbourne. Robert won with 123 points and a margin of 305 and will also receive $1,000 into an Everyday Transaction Account from ME.  Congrats to you as well, Robert, and keep on tipping Melbourne Storm!

A big thank you to all the union member tipsters and also to ME for providing the prize money.

Don’t forget we’re back in 2019!

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‘Madiba the Musical’ union member discount on tickets

In our August competition we gave away 4 x double passes to the upcoming stage show ‘Madiba the Musical‘ being performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.  The producers of the stage show wanted to thank Australian union members for our support of Nelson Mandela and the solidarity shown by our union movement with our anti-apartheid stance dating back to the 1950s.  In recognition of this solidarity the producers are able to offer a special deal exclusive to union members.  Get $10 off per ticket by entering a code word when you check out on the Ticketek and Ticketmaster websites.

To obtain the special union member discount code simply email [email protected] with your name, union name and membership number and we will email the code to you.

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Job Vacancies

Jobs with unions

Want to work for the union movement?

The ACTU Job Vacancies web page has a variety of positions vacant, from Industrial Officer, Organiser, Women’s Organiser 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.


WIN a Madman DVD this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of bothBrothers’ Nest‘ and ‘Westwindthat we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month! 

Brothers’ Nest

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


To enter the ‘Westwind’ DVD competition email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 28th September 2018.


Get your activist gear from our online shop

Did you know we have an online shop where all your Australian made, activist gear can be purchased at great prices?

On offer we have our new ‘Union Women Change The Rules’ t-shirts for $20, First Nations Workers’ Alliance t-shirts for $35 plus a variety of other merchandise including bin stickers, activist kits and badges.

Wear your union pride to help Change the Rules.

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Member Benefits Update September 2018

Member Benefits Update September 2018