Is your apprenticeship missing something?

Apprenticeships can be tough, but they’re worth it to get the trade that will carry you through your working life.

And whatever trade you’re in there are things you’re entitled to. You should be getting:

  • TAFE and training fees paid, including the cost of textbooks

  • Uniforms provided or their cost reimbursed

  • Supervision that lets you work safely and learn properly on the job

  • Superannuation

  • Pay rates and entitlements that are in line with or above the current award for your trade, or your EBA if you are covered by one

  • A 30-60 minute lunch break, a 10 minute break between starting work and lunch and a 20-minute paid break for every 4 hours of overtime worked

  • A valid training contract within your first three months of work

Your union is the missing piece of your apprenticeship

When you join a union you’re part of a group of people across your entire trade and industry who look out for each other. Your union will make sure your boss is giving you everything you’re entitled to under the law.

Your union will also provide support for members to negotiate a better deal at work through an agreement between you and your workmates, and your boss.

Around Australia, union members get:

  • Better pay
  • Better job security
  • Safer workplaces
  • More time to spend with friends and family

In recent years, unions have secured millions in pay rises for apprentices and pursued millions more in back pay. We’ve raised the standard of training and supervision, and stopped dodgy bosses ripping people off and mistreating them at work.

Union members get legal representation, negotiating support for pay rises, backing and advice on safety issues, better bargaining power with bosses and a range of other benefits.

Come and meet us

Officials from the AMWU and CEPU – two of the main unions in the blue-collar trades – will be travelling around South Australia this year holding a series of town hall meetings to help people understand and join unions.

We’d love to see you there.

Whyalla Norrie

7 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
Roopena Football and Sporting Club, Fisk St

Port Augusta

8 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
West Augusta Football Club, Gardener Ave

Port Pirie

9 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
Port Football and Community Sporting Club, Wandearah Rd

Elizabeth East

20 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
Elizabeth RSL Club, 70 Midway Rd


21 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
Brighton RSL and Bowling Club, 11-13 Keelara St

Mount Gambier

22 November 2017, 6:00-8:30PM
Commodore on the Park, Cnr Jubillee Highway and Penola Road



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