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National Secretary message. Vote NO to protect working conditions at ANZ

Voting on an enterprise agreement proposal that would significantly clawback working conditions at ANZ kicks off on Monday 9 February.

The unilateral agreement that ANZ is putting before employees needs to be fully scrutinized beyond the bank’s rhetoric and focus on pay offers.

The proposal seeks to attack working hours removing loadings for thousands of workers, maintain caps on salaries, significantly undermine redeployment protections and introduce casualised, flexi part-time roles that will replace permanent roles.

The fact is that the attack on these conditions will impact every ANZ employee, thousands of whom are not part of the pay offer. And those who are, place a much higher value on these rights and conditions than 0.75% of their salary.

The FSU has been out and about ensuring that all ANZ employees are empowered to vote armed with all the details of the bank’s unilateral proposal and attack on their conditions.

I strongly recommend all ANZ staff Vote NO to protect working conditions.

In unity,

Fiona Jordan

ANZ can afford to look after its workers! Solidarity message from New Zealand

The New Zealand finance union, FIRST Union, and its ANZ Union Council sends FSU and its ANZ members our solidarity and support as you seek to defend your rights and entitlements contained in your current Enterprise Agreement with ANZ.

We understand that in Australia, ANZ is seeking to introduce flexi part-timers, changes to redundancy provisions and a series of other clawbacks in return for a pathetic wage increase for some.

This is almost identical to what they are trying to do in New Zealand.

We have been in negotiation with ANZ in New Zealand since July last year.

ANZ members in New Zealand have twice voted NO on ANZ proposals to clawback their Collective Agreement and have taken strike, protest and other industrial action in the last couple of months of last year.

If we can resist these reductions in our conditions, unacceptably low and discriminatory wage increases from a highly profitable bank on both sides of the Tasman then that will put us in a better position to improve wages and conditions in the future.

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It’s time to fight for our rights, wherever we work

The Productivity Commission workplace relations review is shaping up to be the biggest attack on your rights at work since Workchoices.

Operating on the assertion that “unions have lost their pre-eminent role as employees’ representatives” while still claiming to be independent, the scope of the review covers critically important rights such as the minimum wage, penalty rates, and enterprise bargaining.

We know what happened the last time a Federal Government attacked your rights at work – big employers like ANZ, CBA and Westpac refused to negotiate updated enterprise agreements for almost a decade resulting in pay stagnation and working conditions that were frozen in time.

Individual contracts became prevalent in our industry, most of them thin carbon copies of each other rather than tailor made contracts drawn up to meet employees’ specific needs. They were contracts that undermined or eliminated hard-won conditions that made our working lives better.

We can’t afford another attack on our rights at work.

The FSU is joining the rest of the Australian union movement to fight back against this attack.

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Register for the national day of action on Wednesday March 4th and download material.

FSU Member Ballot Now On: NAB CCC Servicing, Sales and Retention teams

FSU Reps at NAB CCC in Melbourne have been working hard for almost 12 months to find solutions to the issues raised by members in Servicing, Sales and Retention teams. We are pleased to report that FSU has negotiated a positive settlement proposed that we are recommending to members. We are recommending it because it addresses the key issues raised by members in the dispute and includes the outcomes agreed at the Fair Work Commission.

Members in the Servicing, Sales and Retention teams are invited to cast a vote on the proposal.

If you work in that area please check your email and click on the relevant link to vote.

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Bendigo and Adelaide Bank members, tell us what you think

This year the FSU will commence negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank covering the pay and working conditions of employees. To prepare our claim for discussion with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and to understand what is important to employees and members, the FSU has launched on online survey.

All Bendigo and Adelaide Bank employees are invited to take the survey. Please share widely with your co-workers.

Online survey
Rep of the Year

Each year, FSU branches acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Workplace Reps by presenting an award to the Rep of the Year.

Congratulations to our 2014 FSU Reps of the Year. Read about the award winners and their achievements.

Shae Ryan, Westpac
Aileen Gallagher, NAB
Hannelee Murphy, BankSA
Adam Fay, Bankwest

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