Member Benefits Update March 2019 - ACTU Australian Unions
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Member Benefits Update March 2019

In the March edition of your Member Benefits Update find out about what's happening in your state for International Women's Day, learn how to improve your credit health, there's a great deal for union members on car hire, find out if your super is being paid on time plus there's our FREE footy tipping competitions for union members to join!  

Above image courtesy of We Are Union Women


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Improve your credit health

You stay active, try to eat from a variety of food groups and aim for a decent amount of sleep each night. But are you taking good care of your credit health too? Research shows most women are not.

No matter what you do, it’s important to maintain a healthy credit history. We each have a personal credit record maintained by credit reporting bodies, and it shows how well we manage debt and repayments. In fact, your credit report is something lenders will look at whenever you apply for a loan.

This makes it important to maintain a healthy credit record. Yet in many cases, the first time people realise they have a poor credit record is when they get knocked back for a loan.

Recent research by consumer education website CreditSmart found women are particularly unsure about their credit history. Almost 7 out of 10 women have never checked their credit report, though men are only marginally ahead – being just 10% more likely to review their credit report – and one in four are completely unaware of what a credit score is.

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International Women's Day on 8 March

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

This year's theme for International Women’s Day is “More Powerful Together”.

Some unions, trades & labour councils and workplaces will be holding IWD events - 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


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Is your super being paid on time?

You would be angry if you weren’t paid your wages on time so why wouldn’t you be upset over your missing superannuation?

Right now 1 in 3 Australian workers who are eligible to receive super payments are missing out on what they’re entitled to with a total cost of almost $6 billion per year and growing.

Despite this massive cost, many workers are unaware of just how big this issue is, and how it can affect their retirement.

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Travelling? Book ahead with Hertz and save

Through your Member Advantage benefits program, you have access to two great Hertz offers*, negotiated especially for you.

Choose from:

Reduced excess, plus fixed corporate rates

  • Accident Damages Excess reduced to $700 for rentals within Australia.
  • A corporate daily rate that is fixed for every day of the year ensuring no surprises.

10% off the daily rate

  • Receive 10% off the daily rate.
  • Accident Damages Excess is the standard $4,560 (you have the option to pay to reduce this excess when you pick up your vehicle).

To learn more, visit your Australian Unions Member Benefits website or call 1300 853 352.

*Terms and conditions apply, prices correct 21/02/2019.


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The ACTU Footy Tipping Competitions are back for 2019!

Hey union footy tipsters!  The FREE ACTU AFL & NRL footy tipping competitions are happening again in 2019. The NRL season begins on Thursday 14th March and the AFL kicks off on Thursday 21st March. There is a total of $2000 in prizes up for grabs with the highest tipster in each competition winning a $1,000 ME Everyday Transaction Account*.

So union members make sure you go to www.footytips.com.au 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 when logging in.

AFL Tipping Comp password is union

NRL Tipping Comp password is union

*Open to residents of Australia who are current financial members of an ACTU affiliated union or, for retirees, who were financial members as of the date of their retirement. For full terms & conditions please visit australianunions.org.au/footy_tipping.


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Living standards in decline for first time in decades

Australian living standards are in decline for the first time since the 91-92 recession despite strong corporate profits, obscene CEO salaries and an increase in the number of billionaires, research released by the peak body for working people has found.

The report includes work from the Australian National University’s Associate Professor Ben Phillips which uses data from Australian Bureau of Statistics measuring wages, welfare payments and investment incomes, allowing for taxes and interest payments and accounting for rising costs and the effects of population growth.

The research shows that living standards peaked in Australia in 2011 before a dramatic slide between 2015 and 2018 to plummet to their current levels. They are now lower than during the 1991-92 recession.

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Show your union pride every Saturday until the election! 

Every Saturday from now until the federal election we are asking people across the country to wear their union or #ChangeTheRules t-shirts.  If you don't have a 'Change The Rules' t-shirt you can purchase one from our online shop, along with other terrific 'Change The Rules' merchandise.

So put your union shirt on and show your union pride each and every Saturday up to the election (and beyond too!).


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2019 Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle

Support the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA raffle and stand with workers around the world striving for justice and safe and decent work. As well as giving you a shot at some great prizes, your support of the raffle is vital to keeping Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA independent, effective and strong.

FIRST PRIZE is the opportunity to take the holiday of your dreams with a travel voucher valued at $8,000

SECOND PRIZE is a top of the range bicycle valued at $2199 from Omafiets.

THIRD PRIZE is a $500 voucher from Gleebooks, Sydney’s leading independent bookseller for more than 40 years – available online or in-store.

You can request or purchase additional ticket books by FREECALL 1800 888 674 or email office@apheda.org.au

Buy tickets now

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Job Vacancies  

Work for the union movement and help Change the Rules!

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 Admin, Communications, Training and everything in between.

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


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Win one of 6 DVDs from Madman

Enter the draw to win one of 3 copies of both 'Fahrenheit 11/9' and 'Dying to Live' that we are giving away to 6 lucky union members this month!

Fahrenheit 11/9
Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

To win a copy of Fahrenheit 11/9 email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th March 2019.

Dying to Live
Deep beneath the complex world of organ and tissue transplantation are the heart-wrenching stories of real people awaiting life-saving organs in Australia. Why must they wait so long? Are changes in policy required – or shifts in perception? And how much love and understanding does it take to make the compassionate decision to become a physical philanthropist?

To win a copy of Dying to Live email memberbenefits@actu.org.au with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 29th March 2019.


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