Member Benefits Update February 2015 - ACTU Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update February 2015



Member Benefits Update January/February 2015

From all of us here at Australian Unions we'd like to wish our readers across the country a very happy 2015 as we welcome you to the first edition of your Member Benefits Update for the year.  We have great news from Queensland, all the latest on Australian Unions campaigns plus our fantastic member benefits program available to all union members.  And did we mention our always popular DVD competition?  Read on!

Photo: Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman with some fans at a Queensland polling booth last week (Courtesy of 'Stand for QLD' Facebook page).



Queenslanders reject attacks on workers and living standards

The stunning reversal of fortune for the Liberal-National Party government of Campbell Newman in the Queensland election has put Tony Abbott and his federal government on notice that Australian workers will not sit back while health, education, public services and workers’ rights are attacked.

“Queenslanders have sent Tony Abbott and the Queensland LNP a clear message at this election – Medicare, wages and rights at work are not up for grabs,” says ACTU President Ged Kearney.

Read on for full article




In so many ways being a union member pays!

The Australian Unions website and Contact Centre is a great resource for all workers with information about the latest issues, campaigns and workplace rights.  For those workers who aren't already a union member and are keen to sign up, there is also a handy Join Online feature.  Joining a union is the best way to protect your rights at work and the life you enjoy outside of work.

In addition, the terrific member benefits that union members enjoy can be found on the Australian Unions Member Benefits page.   As a union member, you can take advantage of the collective buying power of more than 1.8 million members to get big discounts from a great range of companies.  We make sure they are companies you can rely on to deliver high-quality products with great customer service. 




Our living standards, our voice survey - winners announced!

We are pleased to announce the twelve lucky iPad Mini winners of the Our Living Standards, Our Voice survey, drawn at 11.00am on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at the ACTU offices in Melbourne.

Congratulations to all our prizewinners and thanks to all those who participated in having their say on the type of Australia they want. Drumroll please!

● Tony Caridi, Vic
● Dave Robinson, Tas
● Sue-ella McGufficke, ACT
● Ian Cleland, NSW
● Doug Williams, QLD
● Claire Heaton, NSW
● Derek Page, NSW
● Ron Leahy, NSW
● Debbie Tickner, Tas
● Peta-Jayne Ellis, NSW
● Geraint Duggan, Vic
● Rod Davie, NSW




What is holding back Aussie savings resolutions?

A lack of money discipline is denying many Australian households from realising their financial goals in 2015 according to ME Bank’s Saving Intentions and Behaviours Survey, conducted in December 2014 with 1500 adults nationally.

Around 59% of Australian households do not consistently set a budget, and the 41% of households who do set a budget do not regularly stick to it.

Furthermore, only 38% of Australian households kept written or electronic records of their monthly expenses in the past six months – information that builds realistic and effective budget plans.

“Good savings habits require commitment to detail and discipline,” said ME Bank Head of Deposits and Transactional Banking, Nicolas Emery.

“But it’s easy to resolve: you just need to track the real costs of your household expenses, set a realistic budget and commit to every single detail, consistently.”

Read the full article



STOP PRESS: ME Bank passes on full RBA interest rate cut

ME Bank has announced it will pass on the full 0.25% RBA rate cut to customers.

ME Bank’s Standard Home Loan variable interest rate will drop to 5.13% p.a. (comparison rate 5.14% p.a.), so customers can continue to enjoy a lower rate than the major banks, just as they have every month since they became a bank in 2001.

The member package rate will fall to 4.93% p.a. (comparison rate 5.32% p.a.) providing one of the most competitive rates for home loans up to $500,000.

For more information visit ME Bank.



6 easy ways to make 2015 your year of savings

For the first time in decades saving money is back ‘in style’, or the ‘new black’. Thrift is back!

If your New Year’s resolution was to start saving more or you are keen to join this growing trend, but you are not sure where to start, we have some tips that will help you become part of the thrifty ‘in crowd’.

Visit the Australian Unions Financial Advice Toolkit and read our article ‘6 Ways to Make 2015 Your Year of Savings’ to find out more.

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 one of the largest providers of financial services and products to industry super funds, unions and their members.



Fight for our rights on 4 March

Unions will hold a nationwide day of protest on Wednesday 4 March 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. 

Venues and more details will be announced in the coming days, but you can register your attendance now.



Clock on with Working Life

Catch up with the latest news every morning with Working Life’s ‘Clocking On’ column.

Every weekday at 8am, the team at Working Life put together a briefing of the major stories in that morning’s newspapers and online in a compact format ideal for reading on the commute to work.

Bookmark the page today and keep up to date with what’s making news!




Win one of 6 DVDs from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both 'Life of Crime' and 'What We Do in the Shadows' that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

Life of Crime

Jennifer Aniston plays Margaret "Mickey" Dawson, a loving, slightly naive housewife whose husband, Frank (Tim Robbins), has been embezzling millions for years and keeping the cash in off-shore accounts without her knowledge. Two career criminals, Louis and Ordell, catch wind of his scam and figure if they hold Mickey for ransom, Frank would have no choice but to pay up big.

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

What We Do in the Shadows

Flatmates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else - except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.

To win a copy of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 27th February 2015.



ACTU National Directory

The 2015 ACTU National Union Directory is available now. The ACTU Directory is a guide to key personnel involved with union affiliates, industrial relations and their partners in government and business. The Directory plays a crucial role in providing essential contacts, references and information.

Copies have already been delivered to all ACTU affiliated unions over January. Additional copies of the Directory are still available, though numbers are limited. The Directory is free to union affiliates or $35 for other organisations. For Directory orders contact or call 1300 362 223.


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