Mineworkers Trust provides funding for hospitals, schools, sporting groups, emergency services and many other community projects.
Annually MWT awards scholarships to CFMEU Mining & Energy family members to pursue tertiary education. Read More about Scholarships.
The Trust has a truly remarkable history, beginning in the 1970s when the operators of the Nymboida Mine, near Grafton, declared bankruptcy and abandoned the lease. The workers staged a “work in” believing the mine was still viable. And so began “the Mine the Workers ran”. A series of negotiations between the Union and the State Government resulted in ownership being granted to the Miners Federation. Thus began the new initiative of United Collieries, a new joint venture with the Federation as lease owner and a number of big mining companies who provided finance for developing the mine.
So far the Trust has returned more than $10 million dollars to Australian mining communities.
About Mineworkers Trust – interview with Andrew Vickers
Since 1941, Mine Super has been committed to the retirement outcomes of its members and being a trusted super partner in the communities they serve. Mine Super knows you’re working hard to secure Australia’s future, so they’ll help secure yours.
- Is a profit-to-member fund, focussed on making decisions that are in the best interests of members.
- Offers insurance to workers in coal mining and other high-risk occupations.
- Understands the challenges associated with shift work and remote Fly In / Fly Out occupations.
- Has regional offices near key mining regions, an Australian based member Contact Centre and experienced personnel able to make site visits.
- Offers all members access to financial advice through Mine Super Financial Advice.
If you have any questions about whether Mine Super is right for you, don’t forget they’re here to help. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination on their website when considering if their financial products are right for you.
Unity Bank (previously) Maritime, Mining & Power Credit Union (MMPCU) is a Member-Owned financial institution that offers a wide range of financial products and services to its Members and their families Australia wide.
The Bank was founded in 1970 as Waterside Workers’ of Australia Credit Union by a group of dedicated workers from the maritime industry who couldn’t get financial help from the big banks. They recognised there’s a need to form a mutual financial institution that will benefit all workers and their families.
Since then, Unity Bank has grown to include Members in the mining and power industries, their families and the local communities. Thanks to the Members’ loyalty and support, Unity Bank has grown into a strong and healthy financial institution that is still Member-Owned.
Visit Unity Bank to find out about the range of financial services they offer, including but not limited to home loans, personal loans, business banking, savings accounts, insurance and financial planning.
Westfund understands the health needs of people in regional Australia because they grew up here. Their building blocks as an early not-for-profit health fund for miners is still deeply rooted in today’s Westfund – they exist for the health and strength of local communities and have been doing so since 1881.
Westfund has members, not customers and treat you like a real person. They’re always looking to fill the gaps in local healthcare and continue to provide ongoing regional investment and support, particularly in regional NSW and QLD. Westfund has invested millions of dollars in these areas to deliver much needed services to its members.
Westfund’s dental and optical services and community initiatives help improve health outcomes.
They also assist various local clubs and community groups to help bring people together to live happier healthier lives. They always operate in our members best interests and are deeply connected to local communities.
Union Shopper is a 100 percent union-owned service that provides members with discounts on a wide range of products and services. As a member of CFMEU Northern Mining & NSW Energy District, you are automatically eligible to register.
Union Shopper is all about ensuring members receive great value for money on whatever you are looking to buy. At no cost to you, they help save time and money, without the hassles and headache. Make the most of this valuable money-saving service.
Before you make another purchase, remember Union Shopper and challenge them to find you a better deal. For detailed information on how to purchase through Union Shopper visit the CFMEU Northern Mining & NSW Energy Union Shopper Portal.
With your union details on hand you can easily register your membership online, which will then reveal to you the full benefits of our online Members Only area.
Request a quote online: Members can find their best prices on the electrical goods you want to buy 24/7. Simply visit the CFMEU Northern Mining & NSW Energy Union Shopper Portal with your product details and in two to three business hours they’ll have our best price back to you.
Access to District Lawyers: Members are able to have Wills prepared at no cost as well as Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianships and Family Law Service provided at discounted rates through the District Lawyers. A Free online Will is also available, by contacting the District Office.
Members’ issues are dealt with by the District Office who offer assistance and, when necessary, arrange expert advice, including use of the Union’s solicitors.
Claims lodged and followed up on mineworker’s behalf.
Representation in matters relating to long service leave on your behalf by the District Office
Children of Members who reach a representative level in sports or some other special achievement are eligible to apply.
Should you be killed on your work site or travelling to or from work, you may be entitled to a benefit which is paid in accordance with the Fund’s guidelines to the beneficiary as nominated on your Mortality Fund Benefit Beneficiary Nomination form.
Lodge Members are part of this Fund which pays financial benefits to Members in accordance with the Fund’s guidelines in the areas of Qualifying Protected Industrial Action Assistance, Disputed Compensation Assistance and Mortality Fund Benefit.
The Funeral Fund is a unique benefit available to the Northern Mining & NSW Energy District’s Members.
- Funeral benefits are payable for working Members
- Funeral benefits are also payable for retired/retrenched Members who have continued their Membership with the Union once they have finished up working in the industry
- Benefits payable are dependent on your working circumstances
- Phone the District Office on 1300 712 791 to discuss the current benefits available to you
Your best protection at the workplace comes from belonging to the Union. It is against the law for your employer to prevent you from joining the union.
As a member of our Union you can access the assistance of full time Officials, specialist professional legal and industrial staff. You also have the opportunity to network with other unionists in the industry. Be part of a collective that secures your rights and continues a long and proud history of better and safer workplaces.
Your Rights at Work
Are you and your mates sick of not having a say at your workplace? The Fair Work Act gives you the right to bargain as a group and to be represented by the Union. Your employer can’t say no. Have a talk to your workmates and get organised to improve your pay and conditions. Contact your District office for help with organising your workplace.
Under the Fair Work Act (FWA) the new safety net for employees’ wages and conditions is made up of a Modern Award and the National Employment Standards (NES). If you have a collective agreement at your workplace then it will provide for more and if negotiated by the Union, much more.
These are the modern awards that apply to our areas of membership. If it isn’t clear from the name of the award if it is for your industry, open it and read the coverage clause. The NES cover minimum core conditions for ordinary hours, unpaid parental leave, most types of paid leave, notice of termination and redundancy pay.
For information about specific awards, please contact the National Office – 02 9267 1035.
Most employees in our industries are covered by a collective (Enterprise) agreement. You can search for and find the agreement which operates at your workplace on the Fair Work Australia website. It can be tricky to find the right agreement. Select the “Advanced Search” button to enter more search options, including selecting your industry from a drop down list.
For more information about specific Agreements, please contact the National Office – 02 9267 1035