Member Benefits Update July 2015 - ACTU Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update July 2015


Member Benefits Update July 2015

Happy new financial year, dear readers! The July edition of your Member Benefits Update brings you news on our 'Build a Better Future' campaign, ME's top five tips on safe mobile banking, there's some movie tickets to win plus loads more!

Photo: ACTU Campaigns Director, Sally McManus (3rd from left) with NT unionists in Darwin recently (courtesy of 'Australian Unions' Facebook page)



Mobile banking - convenient and safe

Smart phones are changing the way we manage money.

Australia has one of the highest rates of smart phone ownership in the world - almost two out of five of us own a smart phone, and we use them for a whole lot more than staying in touch.

In fact, Australians are taking to mobile banking in droves with industry figures showing we are 65% more likely than the British to use smart phones for mobile banking.
Part of the appeal of mobile banking is sheer convenience. User-friendly apps let you check account balances, track savings, monitor expenses, and pay bills on the go.

Unfortunately, some people miss out on these benefits - often because of concerns about the safety of mobile banking. That’s why the Australian Federal Police teamed up with the Australian Bankers Association to develop a check list of steps to keep your funds secure when using mobile banking.

Take a look at the top five steps now.

Members Equity Bank Limited ABN 56 070 887 679 Australian Credit Licence 229500



Build a better future - fight for our living standards

Our living standards are what make Australia a great place to live and now they are under significant attack.

Union members in workplaces across Australia are voting to support a demand on all governments and our employers.

We want a different Australia, one where our living standards are protected.

We demand our governments’ support:

  1. Workers’ Rights: Defended and extended with secure jobs
  2. Medicare: Universal healthcare for all Australians
  3. Education: The highest quality for all Australians
  4. Public Services: Owned by everyone for the benefit of everyone
  5. A Secure Retirement: Decent pensions and superannuation
  6. A Fair Go For All: Everyone supported and everyone contributes their fair share of tax

Sign up to campaign on these demands and help us build a better future.



Buy 3 tyres and get 1 FREE from

For a limited time only, buy 3 tyres and get 1 more FREE on select sets of 4 tyres. The tyres that are available for this offer are marked with a red 'Buy 3 get 1 Free' bubble.  In addition, union members will receive an above and beyond $50 discount by using the redemption code 'ACTU' upon checkout.

Buying online at means they can pass real savings on to you. You'll have access to over 1,500 fitment centres across Australia, so you not only get the best deal, you also get the best local service!

Their heavily discounted prices also include free fitting and balancing, free shipping to metro areas, free tyre roadside assistance, free tubeless valves and free tyre disposal.

Shop for your tyres at



Check your pay!

From the 1st of July low paid workers including cleaners, shop assistants, restaurant workers, farm hands, administration and health care workers will see an increase of 2.5% in their pays.

All award rates, including those above the C10 tradesperson rate, will also receive a 2.5% increase.

ACTU Secretary, Dave Oliver said “Workers should check their pay slip and make sure the increase has been passed on and if not then they need to be asking why.”

While unions are disappointed the full $27 per week was not passed on, the reality is the $16 a week pay rise unions have won is the only pay rise minimum wage works will receive and is well above the $5 a week increase some employer groups were arguing for.

The ACTU urges workers to check their pay slips carefully to ensure they have been paid correctly and anyone who hasn't been paid correctly or who requires advice should fill out our contact form at Australian Unions or call us on 1300 486 466.



Gift Cards

Looking for the perfect gift, but not sure what that might be? Left your purchase to the last minute? Electronic gift cards are a quick and flexible solution to your problem. Union members can now purchase gift cards at discounted prices. Our current range of discounted cards include:

  • Rebel Sport 
  • Dick Smith 
  • JB Hi Fi 
  • iTunes 
  • MyFun (for theme parks and zoos) 

The digital gift cards are sent by email and accessible on your computer, smartphone or mobile device. 

If you already have a login check it out now on our union members site.


 Member Benefits  

Our new Member Benefits app

Over the last month Australian Unions launched some new and exclusive Member Benefits - did you see our recent email telling you about this?  If not, check your inbox! Search for "Lifestyle Rewards" for your login code.

Our program has expanded to include:

  • Discounted movie tickets for Village, Hoyts, Palace and Event cinemas.
  • Discounted electronic gift cards - for JB Hi-Fi, Rebel Sport, Dick Smith, iTunes and My Fun (which includes major theme parks, zoos and aquariums).
  • A discounted accommodation booking site.
  • A new secure member only website and smart phone app.

All this is free to all members of affiliated unions. If you have not got a login and would like join in register for Member Benefits now.



Domestic Violence Leave can make a difference

Before her 11-year-old son, Luke, was murdered by his father, Australian of the Year Rosie Batty spent countless hours in courts attempting to protect herself and her son from an abusive and violent man.

"It was like a second job," she writes in Working Life in support of the ACTU's claim for the right to 10 days domestic violence leave for all workers.

"Giving workers the right to take domestic violence leave means victims will have the security of knowing they are free to attend court appearances, to keep appointments with lawyers, and to make relocation arrangements." 

Read Rosie's full article in Working Life now.



Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA 2015 raffle results

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA would like to extend thanks to all who bought and sold tickets in their 2015 raffle. Funds raised through the annual raffle assists their work with more than 50 projects in 15 countries, from humanitarian relief in Vanuatu and Nepal to trade union development in Vietnam and Timor-Leste!

The winners of the 2015 raffle:

1st prize was won by C Buskin of NSW

2nd prize was won by M Ibbotson of SA

3rd prize was won by J Cipants of NSW

The booksellers' draw was won by S Gordon of NSW and the highest individual bookseller prize went to G Linder of TAS. 

Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA would like to thank their raffle sponsors Turner Freeman Lawyers for their support.

Consider becoming an APHEDA Global Justice Partner and help make life fair for working people in developing countries.




Win one of 10 double passes from Madman this month!

Enter the draw to win one of 10 double passes to see 'Ruben Guthrie' that we are giving away to 10 lucky union members this month!

Ruben Guthrie - in cinemas from 16 July

Life is good for ad man Ruben Guthrie - he leads a party boy lifestyle, has a model fiancée and lives in a house on the water. He’s at the top of his game, until some drunken skylarking lands Ruben at the bottom of his infinity pool, lucky to be alive. His mum hits the panic button, and then his fiancée leaves him, but not before issuing him one final challenge: If Ruben can do one year without a drink, she’ll give him another chance…
Ruben Guthrie is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won’t let him put it down.

To win one of 10 double passes to see ‘Ruben Guthrie’ email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Wednesday 15th July 2015.



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