Published: 08/02/2019
Category: Member Benefits
Published: 08/02/2019
Category: Member Benefits

Greetings, dear readers and welcome to the first Australian Unions Member Benefits update for 2019!  In our first edition for the year we have a special union member deal on health insurance from HCF, we highlight the new Sally McManus’ book ‘On Fairness’, info about union T Shirt Saturdays and there are three double passes to the movies to win!


Member Benefits Update January/February 2019



Sally McManus book ‘On Fairness’

Most of us believe in fairness. Why then do we have creeping inequality in the land of the fair go?

The answer lies in stagnant wage rises, gender pay inequality, insecure work and the the lack of real opportunities for all while corporations are still consuming large profits and executives claim record bonuses.

Sally McManus confronts these truths every day. In On Fairness, she explores the true cost of social injustice and argues for advancing Australia fair.

Purchase ‘On Fairness’ here for just $16.50



Closing the Super gap

Industry leaders say it’s time the superannuation system was overhauled in order to create a more even playing field for women and low-income earners. And while, as individuals, there are simple adjustments you can make to help boost your super savings, changes are needed at government level for the most effective outcomes.

In the 25 years since compulsory superannuation was first introduced in Australia, the retirement savings of women and low-income earners have failed to keep pace with the rest of the population.

At present, women have almost half the amount of superannuation savings than men when going into retirement – not enough to live comfortably. With the rise in the gig economy, which is dominated by women and low-income earners who are often excluded from employer super guarantee payments, the future, without change, looks bleak.

Read more about closing the Super gap



Get up to a $200 EFT reward with HCF

As a union member, you can access a great range of additional benefits when you join HCF as a corporate member through Member Advantage.  These include:

  • A joining bonus: Get Couples or Family cover and receive a $200 EFT reward, or get Singles cover and receive a $100 EFT reward when you join between 18 February 2019 and 18 March 2019*.
  • Discounted premiums: Enjoy a corporate discount on HCF’s already reduced corporate prices
  • 100% back on selected extras: Get 100% back on many dental, optical, physio, chiro and podiatry claims from over 10,000 participating providers*.
  • Claim more with limit boost: top up your annual limit on dental and optical. This kicks in after 12 months on your extras cover and grows every year up to year six*.

Visit Australian Unions Member Benefits to find out more or call 1800 007 654.

*Terms and conditions apply




National T Shirt Saturdays

Every Saturday from now until the election Australian Unions is asking people to wear their union or Change the Rules T-Shirts.

Check out the great photos from last week and you can purchase your Change the Rules T-Shirt from our online shop.



Banking Royal Commission has failed to deliver justice

The final report of the Banking Royal Commission has failed victims of Australia’s banks and finance sector workers by making few recommendations, no direct referral of criminal or civil prosecutions to the Australian Federal Police or the Director of Public Prosecutions, and making no recommendation to kick banks out of super.

Instead the report suggests suspected breaches should be referred to APRA or ASIC, the very bodies that have already failed the victims of banks misconduct.

Find out more about the ACTU’s response to the Royal Commission.


Job Vacancies  

Want a job in the union movement?

There are some terrific union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page.  A variety of positions are available, from Organiser roles to Communications, Training and everything in between.

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




ACTU/ME Bank AFL Women’s tipping competition

We are once again conducting a footy tipping competition for the Women’s AFL and you can join FREE today!  The tipster with the most points and smallest margin at the end of Round 7 will take home the prize of a $200 WISH Gift Card, courtesy of ME Bank, as long as that person can prove their financial membership of an ACTU affiliated union, or if retired, prove their financial status at the time of retirement. 

Join today!  It is FREE entry and there is no password to join.



WIN one of three double passes to the movies

Enter the draw to win one of three double passes to the movies at Village/Event cinemas that we are giving away to three lucky union members this month.

To win a double pass please email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 22nd February 2019.
These double passes are valid at Village, Event, Greater Union and Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas across Australia.

Please note: Tickets not valid after 5pm on Saturday nights. Not valid for special events.


The team at Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update Jan February 2019

Member Benefits Update Jan February 2019