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Member Benefits And Partnerships

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.

Mine Super:

  • 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 started in 1970 as Waterside Workers’ of Australia Credit Union when a group of dedicated people from the maritime industry got together and formed a mutual financial institution to benefit all maritime workers and their families when the big banks refused.

Since then, it has expanded and now includes Members in power, mining, forestry and energy, their families and the local communities. Today, thanks to the loyalty and support of our Members, we have grown into a strong and healthy financial institution that has remained 100% owned by Unity Bank Members – by you.

Benefits of Unity Bank membership include:

Learn more about the Unity Bank MEU Supporter Package designed to help you gain the most from your finances and to assist you during periods of challenge or hardship in your workplace or community.

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.

To join or obtain a quote members from Queensland, Northern Mining & NSW Energy District and NSW South Western District can select their district link.

Bushy Tail Caravan Park on the NSW South Coast, surrounded by superb National Parks, is union owned and managed.

Step over the western fence and you’re in the Jervis Bay National Park. On the southern boundary is the Booderee National Park. Across the road and through the bush reserve are the crystal waters of Wrights Beach on St Georges Basin. Only minutes away from Huskisson and Vincentia and the attractions of the beautiful Jervis Bay area.

Claims lodged and followed up on mineworker’s behalf.

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.

Enterprise Agreements

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