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Annual Report

It’s the time of year for reflection and review, and the FSU annual report to members has just been released.

In 2013 we have seen many examples of finance workers winning campaigns, big and small, to make their working lives better, to keep entitlements that were under threat, and to keep finance jobs in Australia. You can read the inspirational stories of these campaigns and the workers who were involved, in this year’s annual report.

Industrially, we improved pay and conditions through enterprise bargaining for more than 100,000 finance workers, and recovered more than $14 million in lost entitlements for members. Over 10,000 members received direct representation on individual matters, and more than double that number received advice and assistance from the Member Rights Centre, just by making a phone call.

I hope you enjoy reading our annual report, and that you will share it with your friends and colleagues.

Leon Carter
FSU National Secretary

Annual Report
Annual Report
Recruit & Win!

Enter the FSU Summer Recruitment Competition for your chance to win!

It is through strength in numbers that finance workers have an influential voice and can make real change happen in finance workplaces.

From 1 December 2013 until 28th February 2014 you can be in the running for terrific prizes when you help make your union stronger.

With an instant prize every time you recruit a new member, bonus prizes if you recruit more members, and a major prize draw in March, there’s lots of chances to be a winner. And the major prize draw winner will be taking their next holiday on us! That’s quite an incentive.

Click here for more information on how to enter
NAB workers take the pledge

NAB workers across the country are making a pledge to stand with colleagues in a campaign to fix the bank’s broken pay model. After an initial pay offer during enterprise bargaining negotiations, that was the lowest pay offer of the big four banks, workers are now signing up to the pledge that to express that “We have lost confidence in NAB’s “performance based” pay model and believe that across the board pay increases will acknowledge our combined contribution and reward us for our improved productivity.”

NAB employees have delivered more with less. With NAB posting a record profit of $5.5b, an increase of 33% on the 2012 result, and with 1172 fewer NAB staff than there was a year ago, isn’t it time for workers to share in the success?

If you work at NAB and you haven’t taken the pledge, download a pledge sheet here.

FSU welcomes support for Westpac workers affected by domestic and family violence

Westpac workers affected by domestic and family violence will have access to leave, flexible working arrangements and additional support following the launch of a new policy.

The policy was developed in consultation with FSU, and was launched at a White Ribbon Australia fundraising breakfast event co-hosted by the FSU and Westpac in Sydney.

Fundraising breakfasts were also held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane with over $12,000 raised nationally so far! Westpac has promised to match dollar for dollar any donations made to White Ribbon by its staff so that figure is expected to climb ever further.

The type of support provided under the policy includes:

  • Provision of counseling, capacity to seek financial support through Westpac Group programs;
  • Employees can make requests for ‘flexible working arrangements’; and
  • Employees will be provided with time off work to seek medical and legal assistance, for counseling, relocation, or to make other safety arrangements.
New FSU Workplace Council launched at ME Bank

The newly elected FSU Workplace Council at ME Bank has been officially launched by ME Bank CEO, Jamie McPhee and Finance Sector Union National Secretary, Leon Carter.

Speaking at a two day training session conducted by the FSU in Melbourne, Mr McPhee congratulated Council members and highlighted the importance of their role in bringing the voice of staff to the table and making ME Bank an even better place to work.

Mr Carter also congratulated the members and encouraged them to establish a high visibility for the FSU in all work units.

“It is the union’s aim to have engaged members and active workplaces in all parts of the finance industry and ME Bank is certainly no exception to that.”

The FSU Workplace Council will meet on a monthly basis.

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AustralianSuper: Classification Review Picks Up Speed - Now Is The Time To Speak Up!

The long awaited review of the AustralianSuper classification system has a new lease of life following the recent engagement of Ernst & Young consultants to assist the joint working party.

Originally proposed in 2009, the AustralianSuper/FSU joint working party to conduct this review was committed by the current enterprise agreement to finalise this review by 30 June this year.

Ernst & Young personnel will attend the next FSU Representatives’ Committee meeting on Monday 16 December to hear about FSU members’ expectations of this project.

All members are therefore urged to contact their local FSU representative before this date to convey their views.

With the project due to be finished in the first half of the 2014 calendar year now is the time to speak up!

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