Member Benefits Update May 2017 - ACTU Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update May 2017

In the May edition of your Member Benefits Update we look at the issue of big banks wanting to get their hands on your Super, there's great savings to be had with ME, terrific deals from The Motor Report, info on how you can join the 2017 Mother's Day Classic plus there's a $100 WISH gift card to win!






Member Benefits Update May 2017


Super size your savings with a home-loan offset account from ME

A mortgage offset account can offer the ideal combination of easy access to cash savings while helping you pay off your home loan sooner.

One of the best ways to get ahead on your home loan is by making extra repayments. But this comes with the downside of tying up cash – money that may be needed for unexpected bills and emergencies.

A mortgage offset account can be the solution that lets you enjoy the best of both worlds – at-call access to your money plus valuable savings on interest charges to fast-track your way to mortgage freedom.

How does an offset account work? Read on!



Find your new car with The Motor Report

Time to buy a new car? The Motor Report has all the information to make your decision easier. And there are exclusive offers for union members:

  • Pre-arranged savings on new Small Compact, SUV’s, 4WD’s, Family Cars, Commercial and Prestige vehicles.
  • Compare pricing, specifications, optional extras & more.
  • All new car makes and models - pricing, expert reviews, technical specifications, safety & fuel efficiencies.
  • Specials exclusive to union members

Make the correct, informed decision for you - check out the specials exclusive to union members at




Have you considered investing outside of Super?

For more than 20 years, industry super funds have been helping Australians to save for a better retirement. The tax benefits associated with superannuation make it a clear winner when it comes to building wealth over the long term.

However, it isn’t available to everyone, and it doesn’t meet all savings needs.  For example, some people have reached the concessional contributions cap and can no longer make tax effective contributions to superannuation. Others have investment needs that fall outside of their superannuation such as school fees, setting up a fund for grandchildren, renovating the home or taking an overseas trip.

Read on for full article



2017 Mother's Day Classic - Sunday 14 May

Registrations are still open for the 2017 Mother's Day Classic fun run/walk on Sunday 14 May. 

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.
In 2016, more than 107,000 Australians who took part in the event raised $3 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This takes the total raised since 1998 to $30.4 million.

has proudly supported the Mother’s Day Classic since 2005.



Are you planning a holiday road trip?

For your next holiday why not try out this great Hertz car rental offer for union members:

  • 5% discount off the lowest leisure rates in the Hertz system on passenger vehicles - ranging from the nifty Nissan Micra, to a powerful Ford XR6, or family friendly Toyota Kluger or 8 seater minibus.
  • 10% discount off all Prestige, Fun & Adrenaline Collection vehicles - why not spoil yourself and hire a BMW, Mini Cooper or Ford Mustang
  • Free membership to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program , providing you with an express rental experience worldwide.

To access these great rates union members must quote a special Hertz CDP discount offer number 1862758.  As this is an exclusive offer for unions members to get this number simply head to and request the code via our online form.



Banks aren't Super

The big 4 banks are putting pressure on the government to make changes to superannuation laws which could benefit the banks at the expense of ordinary people.

If the Federal Government lets the big banks have their way with super laws, the retirement savings of many Australians could be worse off.

We want the government and other members of Parliament to stop the banks from getting their hands on your super.

Read on

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Win a $100 WISH gift card!

Enter the draw to win a $100 WISH gift card this month!

To enter the gift card competition simply email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 26th May 2017.



$14B could go from wages if penalty rate cuts spread

Penalty rates for weekend work add over $14 billion to the incomes of Australian workers each year, new analysis from the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute confirms.

The new paper, Tip of the Iceberg: Weekend Work and Penalty Pay in 108 Australian Industries, shows how important weekend penalty rates are for workers across the economy.

The modelling confirms that if the penalty rate cuts spread to other sectors the economic impacts for working people will be severe.

After retail and hospitality, the hospital, aged care and medical services workers do the most weekend work, making them extremely vulnerable to potential future cuts. 

Read on




ACTU's NEXGEN17 Conference - 26-28 June

On June 26-28 this year, we’re combining the ACTU Organising & OHS conferences to create NEXGEN17 – a conference for the whole union movement.

At NEXGEN17 we will explore the challenges that confront our movement and motivate each other to find new ways to win for working people.

View the NEXGEN17 Program

This is a conference for everyone: Leaders, Organisers, Campaigners, Online and Digital Experts, Communicators, Educators, WHS and Industrial Officers, and our rank and file leaders.

Register for NEXGEN17

We thank all our NEXGEN partners for their support.


The team at Australian Unions






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