Member Benefits Update March 2015 - ACTU Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update March 2015


Member Benefits Update March 2015

In this month's edition of your Member Benefits Update find out how to join in the 'Fight for our Rights' nationwide protest tomorrow, Wednesday 4 March, join our FREE footy tipping competitions for union members, register for the Mother's Day Classic and get a special union member discount on some fancy wines!  Plus there's another couple of fantastic DVDs to win.  Read on!




Fight for our rights on 4 March

Tomorrow, Wednesday 4 March, unions are holding a nationwide day of protest to make it crystal clear to the Abbott Government and their big business supporters that we won’t sit back while they attack our living standards and rights at work.

“The time to stand up and fight back is now,” says ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver. 

Rally venues and start times are online and you can register your attendance now.



Households sweat the small stuff

ME Bank’s latest Household Financial Comfort Report found one in two Australian households say the cost of necessities is their biggest financial worry. That’s understandable as these expenses can eat up a large chunk of our income. So let’s look at a few quick tips to save:

Drive a better deal on fuel

Fill up on days when petrol prices are cheaper. The ACCC website ( features details of petrol price cycles that can help you decide the cheapest and most expensive days at the bowser.

Switch to save on utilities

Ensure your current utility provider is competitive. Use comparison sites to identify low cost providers in your area or ask your current provider if a cheaper plan is available.

Read on for full article



Cracka of a bargain!

As a union member, you can get some cracking bargains on some truly excellent wines, such as the current offer available at

The 'Deluxe Entertainers Wine Pack' includes 11 bottles of premium wine from wineries including Geoff Merrill and Grant Burge plus a 750ml bottle of Moët & Chandon French Champagne.

Worth over $300, you can get it for just $113.05 + delivery with your exclusive union discount. Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout when you use the code word UNIONS. Including delivery of just $6.95 this works out to be only $10 per bottle!

So head over to now and grab this special bargain, exclusive to union members.



Low interest rates affect everyone differently

The decision made every month by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Board affects most Australians in some way, whether they:

•    have a mortgage - or two,
•    own a business
•    invest their hard-earned savings, or
•    live on their retirement fund

However, the impact of the current historically low interest rates is different for each group. While mortgage holders are able to pay off their homes faster, investors are seeing the returns on interest-bearing investments diminish substantially. They understandably do not celebrate with every rate cut.

Visit the Australian Unions Financial Advice Toolkit and read our full article on ‘How interest rates affect everyone differently’.

The information in this article is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before investing in any product you should therefore read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and consider the appropriateness of any investment for your objectives, financial situation or needs. The Australian Unions Financial Advice Toolkit is powered by Industry Fund Services Limited (IFS) ABN 54 007 016 195, AFSL 232514 IFS is one of the largest providers of financial services and products to industry super funds, unions and their members.



The ACTU/ME Bank footy tipping competitions are back for 2015!

Hey union footy tipsters!  The FREE ACTU/ME Bank AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are happening again in 2015. The NRL season begins this Thursday 5th March and the AFL kicks off next month on Thursday 2nd April. There is a total of $2000 in prizes up for grabs with the highest tipster in each competition winning a $1,000 ME Bank 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 to log in.

AFL Tipping Comp password is union

NRL Tipping Comp password is union


*The winners of the ME Bank EveryDay Transaction Account (ETA) with a $1,000 deposit must open their account within fourteen (14) days of first being notified or provide details of their ETA if they already hold one. ME Bank will deposit the prize into the Account no later than thirty (30) days after the Account has been opened.  Before opening an ETA, consider if this product is appropriate for you. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply. ME Bank’s normal account opening requirements apply, however there is no fee to open the account. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Members Equity Bank Limited, Level 28, 360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000. ABN 56 070 887 679. Authorised under: ACT permit TP 15/04666. NSW Permit No. LTPS/15/00888




International Women's Day 8 March Make It Happen

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

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the global hub and encourages advocacy for women's advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women's equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Some unions, labour councils and workplaces will be holding IWD events this week in the lead up to 8 March - 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



Register now for the 2015 Mother's Day Classic!

Registrations are now open for the 2015 Mother's Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 10 May 2015.  If you a Melbourne union member and would like to join the Australian Unions team, we are called 'The Walkers United' and we'll be participating in both the walking/running events. Don't forget to wear your union gear on the day! We will meet at the AIST marquee at around 8:30am and will have 'Australian Unions. Join. For a better life.' stickers and badges for all Melbourne team members to wear!

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. The Mother's Day Classic has raised $24.3 million dollars and breast cancer survival rates have increased to 89%, up 6%, since
the Mother’s Day Classic began in 1998.

ME Bank is the major sponsor of the Mother's Day Classic.




Win one of 6 DVDs from Madman

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' and 'Finding Fela' that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

Jimi: All Is By My Side

It’s 1966. A then unknown Jimi Hendrix is touring a series of London pubs. With his defining performance at Monterey Pop festival still a year away, a softly spoken Hendrix learns the tricks of the trade before eventually transforming into a triumphant icon of 60s counterculture.

To win a copy of ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th March 2015.

Finding Fela

Fela Anikulapo Kuti used the self-created musical movement of Afrobeat to express his revolutionary political opinions staging an ideological uprising against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message remains to this day and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.

To win a copy of ‘Finding Fela’ email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th March 2015.



Tribute to pioneer of Superannuation in Australia

Australian Unions have paid tribute to one of the leading pioneers of Australia’s compulsory super system, Mavis Robertson AM, who died on 17 February at the age of 84.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said Ms Robertson was a driving force behind the development of the industry super fund network.

“Mavis devoted her working life to the union movement and to developing industry super funds from very small beginnings into the major economic institutions they are today,” said Ms Kearney

Mavis Robertson was an integral part of many industry initiatives including being a founding member of the Conference of Major Super Funds (CMSF); Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST); Women in Super; the Australia Council of Super Investors (ACSI); and the Mother’s Day Classic – the latter having raised more than $24 million for Breast Cancer research.

Read on for full article and details of Mavis' memorial service


The team at Australian Unions

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