Recently a group of members in an independent supermarket butcher shop contacted the AMIEU with concerns over wage rates and unpaid superannuation (a common issue among our retail butchery members).

It was quickly identified that the employer, over a 1-year period, had been paying the workers less than award rates and had not been making Superannuation contribution payments.

After engaging in a process of making the employer aware of its obligations under the various applicable laws, and highlighting that award rates are the minimum safety net for workers,  the AMIEU resolved the matter promptly with back payment of almost $30,000 to the members collectively.

The above example shows that even in small establishments, a few workers, with the support of their Union, can have their rights at work protected.