AMIEUAustralian Meat Industry Employees' Union
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41) The AMIEU was party to the 1969 case and the organisers hinted there would be drastic union action if the case failed.
It was clear that the Secretary of the AMIEU contemplated no further action on equal pay.
After her dismissal from the AMIEU D'Aprano sought work in union organising, for which she felt prepared; she thought herself by now very capable of making a difference in workers' lives.
Drawing on its ability to move production between plants, AMH successfully countered the traditional AMIEU strategy of plant-level action through two pivotal conflicts at Fitzroy River, Queensland, and Portland, Victoria.
The AMIEU was then chosen as the focus of this study because of its role as a labour market intermediary in the meat processing industry.
Semi-structured interviews were initially conducted with AMIEU national and state officers, regional organisers and industrial officers.
There are several key features of the abattoir sector and its skill ecosystem that give rise to its distinct identity, and these characteristics provided the AMIEU with a distinctive role in the skill ecosystem of the sector.
AMIEU militancy was also a major and persistent challenge driving the concerns of meat industry employers from the early years of the twentieth century.
In the lead-up to the VMBA Dispute, these forces and employers' strategic responses to them interacted with, complicated and even compromised the industrial relations strategies of employers and MATFA which had long prioritised neutralising the AMIEU.
By the end of the O'Connors lockout, the AMIEU had more or less exhausted every legal avenue to stop the lockout.
Admittedly, in his history of the AMIEU, Cutler (1976) does admit that not all meat workers were inherent radicals at odds with the tenets of labourism, drawing a distinction between the militant slaughtermen who were employed in the export meat establishments and the more consevative workers who were employed in the retail meat establishments.
The Central District sub-branch of the AMIEU based at Rockhampton 'on the other hand, supported a highly conservative leadership', whilst the leadership of the Southern District sub-branch based at Brisbane was 'moderate' (Cutler, 1976: 315).