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  Issue No.3 of 2014, Friday 4 April
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7,000 NAB workers say it’s time to fix the broken pay model
Bargaining begins at CBA
ANZ workers win national union award
Lindy Burke - first woman Qld President honoured with life membership
Award modernisation update
Election Notice

New movie ticket offer for FSU members
APHEDA raffle

 
     
     
  7,000 NAB workers say it’s time to fix the broken pay model 



This week we presented NAB with a petition signed by almost 7000 NAB staff calling on the bank to fix the broken pay model. These signatures were collected in just one month. Since the start of March FSU members and Reps have had thousands of conversations with their workmates right around Australia and in all business units.  With that many signatures in just one month, that's got to be a clear indication that there’s something wrong.

We also gave them a flavour of the key issues that emerged while we have been out talking about classification and pay.
  
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NAB are expected to respond to the issues raised when we return to negotiations next Monday 7th April.
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  Bargaining begins at CBA 

Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for CBA employees have commenced and workers are represented in the negotiations by two FSU members at CBA, Louise Arnfield from the retail network and Michelle Momand from Commsec.

Last Friday CBA responded to what FSU members want secured in the new agreement, which will first time cover employees at Commsec, CommInsure and Colonial.



Louise Arnfield is providing updates to members via a regular blog. The latest edition contains a chart with a summary of the complete claim that would if implemented mean a real and positive difference to the working lives of CBA employees and would make a positive difference to the bank. The chart also contains the bank’s initial response to each one of the proposals.

 
 

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  ANZ workers win national union award 

Members of the ANZ Mulgrave Working Group were ecstatic when ACTU President Ged Kearney announced they had won the coveted Best Workplace Campaign of 2013 award. The Working Group garnered community and political support in their successful bid to stop ANZ sending 590 jobs offshore. Four of the working group members are pictured here with their award and the FSU staff who supported their campaign.
 
Not only did this group of workers win an award for their efforts, but they were also mentioned in the Federal Parliament. Check out this footage of Victorian MP Andrew Giles congratulating ANZ workers on their win.

 
 

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Lindy Burke: Trailblazer.
First woman Qld President honoured with life membership
 



This week the FSU Queensland branch honoured Lindy Burke with life membership of the union.

Lindy has been a passionate, strong leader, especially for women in our union over three decades.

Beginning as a ‘workplace steward’ (FSU Rep) when she commenced her finance sector career with NAB in 1979, Lindy worked tirelessly in service of finance workers in a variety of roles in the intervening 30 years.

Lindy was one of the first participants in the Anna Stewart Memorial program in 1982 and she went on to become Vice President of the Queensland branch.

In 1989 Lindy was the first woman to be elected to the position of Queensland Branch President. Lindy was the FSU’s first member of the Queensland Council of Unions Women’s Committee and she proudly represented FSU women on that committee for many years.

Lindy was one of the first recipients of the Emma Miller Award, which recognises the achievement of Queensland women in the union movement.

Congratulations to Lindy, a very worthy recipient of FSU life membership.

 
 

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  Award modernisation update 

The FSU has made applications to make modern enterprise awards to replace the awards that currently cover ANZ, NAB, CBA, Commsec, Bankwest, Colonial, Westpac, St George and the Reserve Bank.

In the last week, the team have lodged draft awards, submissions and evidence with the Fair Work Commission in relation to our applications in ANZ and NAB. The evidence in the ANZ alone ran to 56 data files containing a draft award, an annotated draft award, legal submissions, a witness statement and 46 annexures representing over 1300 pages. Electronic lodgement of material made this a little easier than it would have otherwise been. The material included historical material going back as far as the making of the Bank Officials Federal Award 1963.

The application in NAB was a little less complex, since NAB has agreed to make a modern award. ANZ remains the only bank opposed to the FSU seeking modern enterprise awards.

In coming weeks, the filing of material will be repeated in the remaining applications, with Full Bench hearings to be scheduled to hear the FSU’s applications.

The importance of applying to make the enterprise awards is that if we are successful, we will maintain conditions of employment in awards that were won by generations of members of the unions that preceded the FSU. In turn, these conditions will constitute the floor for future enterprise bargaining.

 
 

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  Election Notice 

The Australian Electoral Commission is to conduct elections for National, State and Local offices in the FSU.

Notices calling for nominations will appear on the websites of the Australian Electoral Commission (www.aec.gov.au) and the Union (www.fsunion.org.au) from 1 April 2014.

Intending candidates should consult the Union’s rules for eligibility requirements.

Nominations will open on 1 April 2014 and close at 5:00pm on 30 April 2014.

A copy of the election notice, and nomination forms are available upon request from the AEC or by clicking here.

 
 

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  New movie ticket offer for FSU members 

With school holidays just around the corner it’s a great time to stock up on discounted movie tickets.

The FSU’s popular discount movie ticket service has been expanded to include Reading Cinemas, in addition to Hoyts, Village, AMC, Greater Union, Birch Carroll Coyle and Palace cinemas.

Reading Cinemas tickets are valid 7 days per week, including after 5pm on Saturdays, and can also be used on public holidays. Please note the discount applies to adult Reading Cinemas tickets only.

Discounted children’s tickets are available for the remaining cinemas.
 
To order tickets call FSU on 1300 366 378 or download an order form
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  APHEDA raffle 



Support the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA Raffle and stand with workers around the world striving for justice and safe and decent work.


Click here to buy your tickets online or freecall 1800 888 674 today.

Don't miss out on your chance to win an $8,000 travel voucher or a great Gazelle commuter bike valued at $1,499. Tickets only $2. Book sellers’ prizes also available.

The Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA 2014 raffle is supported by ME Bank and Australian Unions.
 
 

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