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Member Rights Centre 1300 366 378
Who funds the FSU?
Member contributions are the only source of outside revenue that the FSU receives. There are no government grants and there are no contributions from employers. This means that the only stakeholders your Union answers to are its members. It's your organisation and it works solely for you. Corporations answer to their shareholders, but your Union is accountable to you.
How did we get the conditions and entitlements that we now have?
FSU members in the past have had to fight hard for what you've got. Every single condition that you have at work has had to be won from your employer. Industrial relations is not a charity, and members before you have had to organise, campaign and fight for every entitlement that we now sometimes take for granted. Maternity leave didn't exist until the mid-1970's and it was only when Union members worked together to bring change that this became a legal entitlement.
How can I find out about my entitlements?
If you know the name of your Agreement or Award you'll find the document in full here. If you don't know the name of the instrument covering your employment please contact the FSU Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I need help with a workplace issue. Who should I contact?
If there's an FSU Rep at your workplace, speak to them first. If there's no FSU Rep at your workplace, please contact the FSU Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378 or email email@example.com
For information on becoming an FSU Rep in your workplace click here
What can history tell us about our current situation?
FSU receives hundreds of calls each week regarding issues in your workplace, and offers high quality service to members on a individual matters. But how do we get the finance sector employers to move on issues that affect large numbers of people? If we look at how the FSU has won conditions in the past, it's not hard to see that we all need to work together if it is going to work. If one person stands up, then you might hear their voice but you won't overcome fear. If 100 people stand up, you can't ignore it. If we all stand up, then you will win, that is what history can tell us. You're never on your own with the Union and the boss can't 'get you' if we're all working together.
So what can we do now to make it better?
Your Union is only as strong as its members, It's an old cliche, but it's true. The FSU is building a strong network of Reps to make sure you're in the picture. If you're not a member, then you need to join. If you want to make it better, it's your only choice. If you are a member, then get involved with the FSU Reps Committee. The FSU will provide you with training and resources to be effective in your role. Your Union history is full of ordinary people achieving extraordinary outcomes.
It's up to you, but remember this:
If we organise and work together, it will be your achievements that workers in 20 years time will be applauding.