Member Benefits Update October 2015 - ACTU Australian Unions

Member Benefits Update October 2015


Member Benefits Update October 2015


In the October edition of your Member Benefits Update we report back on last month's successful National Door Knock, we announce the winners of both the AFL and NRL Footy Tipping competitions, there's some great Gift Card offers plus a bumper DVD and movie double passes competition!
Photo: Union members volunteering in the federal seat of Longman in Qld last month.


National union door knock a huge success!

Recently our movement held a national union door knock in 23 marginal seats across the country which was a huge achievement. 1200 union activists knocked on 20,000 doors, and had many thousands of conversations over the weekend of 12 & 13 September.

This includes conversations with many, many undecided voters. Our issues resonated strongly and we were well received with 80% of people prepared to sign a petition in support of our issues. The top two issues were penalty rates and the China Free Trade Agreement and the impact on local jobs.

However, our volunteers also had conversations about health and Medicare, $100K degrees, Gonski and public sector job cuts which were also strongly supported.

Hundreds of selfies were taken. Check them out on Facebook to get an idea of the reception we got and the issues people feel strongly about. You can also use them to share on social media and elsewhere.

Well done to everyone who volunteered and whose work is putting our issues, the issues of working people, at the forefront of the national debate.

Keen to help out? Just head to
and sign up for volunteer activities and help us build a better future.



Is your default cover enough?

Most industry super funds provide a minimum or default level of personal insurance cover to their members based on their age, but will that be enough for your family’s ongoing financial needs?

If you are not sure if you have the right level of cover, visit the Australian Unions Super Advice Toolkit and answer a couple of simple questions in the ‘Do you have enough life insurance?’ calculator (in the left hand column) to help personalise to your situation and needs.

If you need more help or would like to speak to a financial adviser about the right insurance cover for your family’s needs, call Industry Fund Services Financial Planning on 1300 138 848

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.



Aussies exposed to financial emergencies

Two-thirds of the nation’s households would struggle to find $3,000 in an emergency.

Comments from the heart sometimes reveal a lot more than observations from economists and other experts, and a quote from a survey respondent in ME’s eighth biannual Household Financial Comfort Report speaks volumes.

The (unidentified) single parent is quoted as saying, “Never having enough money for anything other than the bare necessities.” If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. ME’s research found about two-thirds of the nation’s households would struggle to raise $3,000 for an emergency.

What’s especially concerning about ME’s findings is that $3,000 isn’t an exceptionally large amount by today’s standards. It covers relatively routine emergencies like the fridge breaking down, repairs for the family car; or a few trips to the dentist that aren’t covered by Medicare.

Read on for full article.



ME/ACTU Footy Tipping winners announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ME/ACTU AFL and NRL Footy Tipping Competitions.

The winner of the AFL tipping comp is James Deery, an IEU member from Victoria.  James had a fantastic score of 150 with a margin of 770 at the end of the AFL home and away season and has received a $1,000 EveryDay Transaction Account from ME.

The NRL competition winner is Russ Johnson, a UFU member from Victoria. Russ tipped 127 with a margin of 346 and has also received a $1,000 EveryDay Transaction Account from ME.

A big thank you to all the union member tipsters and also to ME for providing the prize money.

Don't forget we're back in 2016!



Our new Member Benefits Program and app

Over recent months Australian Unions launched some new and exclusive Member Benefits.

Our program has expanded to now include:

• Discounted movie tickets
• Discounted gift cards for top retailers and attractions
• A discounted accommodation booking site
• Discounted Tyres, Car Hire and wine
• Banking - great Mates Rates from ME
• A new secure member only website and smart phone app

This is a free program available to affiliated union members, with the option to upgrade for access to more benefits.

Click here to register now. 



ACTU OHS Conference 2015

Over three days, OHS specialist staff, organisers, campaigners, industrial officers, and health and safety representatives will hear from an array of local and international speakers giving stimulating presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops on a wide range of current OHS issues.  

Focusing on the latest cutting-edge research, real case studies with real solutions, and current grassroots workplace and community campaigns; we will be discussing how occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation matters can, and will, set the campaign agenda in the coming election.

We encourage attendance and participation in the conference. 


Tuesday 13 October to Thursday 15 October 2015
Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT
Read on for more information and to register for this event.





Win DVDs & Movie Tix from Madman!

Enter the draw to win one of 6 DVDs or one of 20 Double Passes that we are giving away this month courtesy of Madman Entertainment.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. 

To win this DVD email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 30th October 2015.


Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) is proof that money can't buy happiness. Danny's well-funded misery is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

Writer/director Andrew Bujalski flexes the comedic muscles and, matched with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders in the lead roles, Results is a lithe, well-toned comedy gem.

To win this DVD email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 30th October 2015.

Learning to Drive - in Cinemas 8th Oct 2015

Wendy (Patricia Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

To win a double pass email with your name, address, union name and membership number before close of business Friday 9th October 2015.


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