Why Join The Union

In entering the workplace, you enter a complex environment of laws, regulations etc which cover a number of these areas: Industrial Awards and Agreements, Workplace Health and Safety Legislation, Workplace Legislation, Anti-Discrimination legislation, Unfair or Unlawful Dismissals, Workcover (Workers Compensation) Legislation, Superannuation Legislation and other areas.

As a financial member of the B.F.U.E., you will be able to access the Union’s advice and assistance when issues arise, as they do from time to time.

Ask yourself a few questions just like these:

  1. Who will negotiate your wages and working conditions?
  2. Who will look after you if you are unjustifiably dismissed?
  3. Who will challenge redundancies and negotiate compensation payments?
  4. Who will care and fight for improving your working conditions?
  5. Who will investigate your claim of victimization or harassment?
  6. Who will ensure you receive information on wage rates and allowances?
  7. Who will explain which Award/Agreement applies and your entitlements?
  8. Who will speak on your behalf when your employer is wrong?
  9. Who will argue your case before a mediator or in the court?
  10. Who will discuss matters affecting you with your employer?
  11. Who will represent you if your firm is taken over or changes hands?
  12. Who will ensure that you are kept informed on matters affecting your working life?
  13. Who will give you advice on sick leave and holiday entitlements?
  14. Who will act for you when you have unsafe working conditions?
  15. Who will give you confidential advice and assistance when you need it?
  16. Who will give you a say in your Agreement negotiations?
  17. Who will care if your employer cuts your hours or gives you a wage drop?
  18. Who will help you with equal pay or parental leave advice?
  19. Who will listen to you when you are unfairly treated at work?
  20. Who will give you free legal advice in connection with your job?

The food industry, in particular the meat industry sector, has and still is undergoing tremendous changes and challenges industry rationalization, drought, foreign takeovers, skills and labour shortages.

Membership of the Union provides you with security in meeting these challenges.  Experienced Union personnel, quality resources and a full array of services, are there to assist you at all times, not only when in need.

On this site, there are a number of delegates throughout the operation.  Our senior official, the Branch Secretary, is also present.  Please enquire from fellow workers about the relevant delegate for your work area.

If he or she hasn’t had an opportunity to contact you shortly after you commence employment, please make contact with the delegate and introduce yourself.  Make yourself known, so it will be easier for both of you and the delegate to communicate about any issue causing you concern.