Greetings and welcome to the September edition of the Australian Unions Member Benefits update. This month, we’ve got concerning news from Me about financial security for workers, an update on the Australian Unions campaign for Secure Jobs and an update on the markets from Partnervest.
We’re also giving away a $50 Gift Card from the Official Australian Unions Store.
The current and future comfort of many households is in question, according to ME Bank’s latest Household Financial Comfort Report, a bi-annual survey which quantifies how comfortable Australian households feel about their financial situation.
Whether it’s casualised jobs with less rights, labour hire that underpays for the same job, part-time work without meaningful guaranteed hours, or years of low pay growth, insecure work is a serious problem for our community.
The typical woman is retiring with a quarter less super than the typical man and with Australia’s gender pay gap growing in the last six months the savings gap could also widen. The median super balance for a woman in her early 60s is just $131,352 lagging the male median of $177,882.
Thus far, 2021 has us all focused on the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting fallout both at home and abroad. And while this deserves our attention, it’s important not to lose sight of other powerful trends that will shape both our lives and our investment portfolios for years to come. One such trend is the growing importance of China and other emerging market countries to the global capital markets landscape.
We get it: tax time isn’t everyone’s favourite time of year. But it is a great opportunity to review your annual costs, like health insurance.
HCF is Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, and they are committed to providing the best value and cover for their customers. As a union member, you get the added value of discounted premiums, higher extras limits and more.
Login to your Member Advantage benefits platform to find the HCF cover that’s right for you.
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‘On the Job’ is a podcast all about making your work life better.
Join hosts Francis Leach and Sally Rugg as they chat to people from all walks of life about all things work. From the tough realities of the gig economy to the politics of wearing double denim on a causal Friday (please don’t) – nothing is off-limits.
There are some excellent union roles currently listed on the ACTU Job Vacancies web page. A variety of positions are available, from organisers to industrial officers, educators and lots more.
So if you’re in the market for a great union role why not check out what’s on offer today?
$50 to spend on Australian-made, union-made gear! Show your solidarity and look good.
To enter the draw, simply email [email protected] with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Thursday 30th September 2021.