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Our Jobs Issue No.2 of 2015, Monday 16 March

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Message from the National Secretary

2015 is off to a good start with victories in-house and across the union movement.

After making an informed decision, employees (not only members but the majority of those who voted) rejected the bank’s inferior Agreement two to one.

This is stage one only; be assured that the FSU will continue to campaign to have ANZ return to the negotiating table.

And as we head to negotiations this year, it should serve as a very clear message to all finance employers that FSU will not endorse Agreements that are not in the best interest of our members and their workplaces.

I’m also proud to say that FSU helped make the recent National Day of Action a success, with our members marching alongside other unions in several cities to represent their communities.

This is an important fight and we’ll keep supporting it because we want to leave an Australia to our children that has as many rights as we have today.

Enjoy your FSU Online and if you have any feedback, do email me at: fsuinfo@fsunion.org.au

Fiona

Record turnout for March 4 rally

The FSU flag flew alongside those of unions representing teachers, nurses, construction and service and hospitality workers in the #March4 national rally.

An estimated 80,000 turned out for the National Day of Action; Melbourne had the biggest number at 50,000 but workers across the country (including 20 in Broken Hill) all contributed to making the rally an undeniable success.

The campaign is not over yet and the Abbott government can be in no doubt Australia’s unions will unite to protect workers’ entitlements, such as penalty rates and minimum wage, as well as their living standards.

Related link: FSU at rally
Massive win against ANZ

We conducted a well-orchestrated campaign against the ANZ EBA proposal and the results show employees got the message about what was at stake: 9,127 voted against the proposal with just 5,028 voting in favour of it.

Our fears about the loss of protection for employees were well-founded - just days after the landmark vote the bank announced it was restructuring and sending jobs offshore again.

149 roles have been cut from the biggest worksites in Melbourne and Sydney but an estimated 700 employees will feel the increased workloads and stress. ANZ’s shameful record in offshoring (5,642 since 2007) meanwhile continues.

Congratulations ANZ employees for protecting your jobs and conditions!

 

FSU intervention prompts NAB policy change

NAB will widen the scope of paid primary carer leave after FSU stepped in on behalf of a male employee, who was denied primary carer leave.

Until now, the bank had restricted leave to the primary carer at the time of birth or adoption of a child, a policy which has effectively ruled out Dad’s assuming the role.

We argued that primary carers leave should be available at any time in the first 12 months of the child’s life and it was obvious that few men would be a primary carer immediately after birth of an infant: the bank has now adjusted its policy to allow men, including the father of the 11 month old that FSU helped, to be paid parental leave.

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Support kit for working parents launched

If you haven’t seen our new resource kit for parents, do have a look. We launched it as part of International Women’s Day knowing that 1 in 2 women in Australia experience discrimination during pregnancy or on return from parental leave. Our industry can and should do better, so we’ve come up with a kit that has everything working parents need to know about their rights at work when pregnant and balancing work and family life.

As part of IWD, the NSW LEC also met recently to focus on how domestic violence can be a workplace issue. The Sydney team also joined other unions and community groups on the weekend for the Saturday 14 March to celebrate the achievement of women.

Member petition sparks review of Westpac's sick leave

Member pressure has led to Westpac acknowledging there’s a problem with its sick leave process.

FSU members had reported the bank was requiring them to attend a return to work meeting and complete an attendance support plan if they had taken 10 days sick leave in a 12-month period.

After a 400-strong petition by call centre staff at Westpac, St George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne and two meetings with the bank, Westpac agreed to several changes.

Two of the key changes now require refresher training for people leaders to ensure there is a clear understanding of the rationale behind the requirement and training to reinforce the discretionary nature of the process and when discretion can be exercised.

The Bank has also agreed to a review in three month’s time, and to involve the FSU.

Pictured opposite (L-R) the FSU delegation that met with Westpac: Rebecca Reilly, Christine Otto, Michele Wurr, (below) Diane Spiteri, Joanne Nava and Jessica Wise.

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Tributes to 'Super lady'

As debate rages over allowing young people to use their super to buy their first home, the contribution of one of the pioneers of the compulsory superannuation system has been remembered.

Mavis Robertson was a founding member of a number of superannuation organisations and was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to the industry in 1994. She died aged 84 on February 17.

The FSU, ACTU and Cbus all paid tribute to Mavis noting her hard work, energy and the legacy she leaves behind: the Cbus Fund which grew from scratch to over $3.5 billion and more than 300,000 members and the Mother’s Day Classic fun run, which has raised more than $24 million for breast cancer research, she helped found.

The FSU will be fielding a team in this year’s run so stay posted for details, if you want to participate.

ME Bank - Offering FSU members a fairer deal

ME Bank is a 100% Australian owned, APRA regulated bank. Established and owned by industry super funds – the same people who brought you low cost, no commission super. ME Bank was proudly established to provide eligible super fund and union members a genuine banking alternative – a fairer way to bank.

The union and industry super fund movements’ hard-fought principles of fairness and collective benefit are at the very heart of ME Bank and their commitment to be fairer is genuine. That’s why its different.

ME Bank products are low cost, easy-to-understand and transparent – there are no hidden costs and no bank jargon, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

And when you call ME Bank, you’ll talk to a real person right here in Australia.

As a member of the FSU, special benefits are available to you on a range of ME Bank products.

Talk to ME Bank today about:

  • Home/investment property loans
  • Transaction accounts
  • Savings accounts
  • Term deposits
  • Personal loans
  • Credit cards

CALL 13 15 63 OR VISIT MEBANK.COM.AU

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