Issue No.11 of 2009
Thursday 14 May

Campaigning delivers

The FSU reported to members recently on significant developments resulting from the union’s long running campaigns to stop offshoring, and to promote responsible lending practices by our banks.

The union welcomes moves by both the Commonwealth and Westpac banks, to cease offshoring jobs, and as reported last week, we will be seeking concrete commitments, and continuing to apply pressure to stop the practice of off-shoring jobs that is happening across the whole industry.

FSU Workplace Reps will receive information in the mail shortly about the union’s Invest in Australia campaign to secure Australian finance jobs. The information booklet we have sent will enable Reps to talk about the campaign in the workplace, in greater detail.

The Federal Government’s release of its new Consumer Credit Bill is another win for workers in our industry, and the FSU will continue to press key stakeholders in the industry and government, to ensure the provision of training and accreditation for members involved in the provision of credit.

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Don’t risk 2nd rate safety. Sign the petition today 

A healthy and safe workplace is a right that we can't take for granted. The shocking truth is that:

  • Almost 500,000 work-related accidents each year.
  • More than 7,000 Australians die annually from work-related accidents. (4 times annual road toll)
  • The cost to the Australian economy is a staggering $57 billion.

At present there are 9 different OHS laws operating in Australia. All governments want to replace these with a new model OHS law, due to be completed by the end of 2009.

Instead of raising the Federal standards to the highest levels from each State's existing laws, the Report's recommendations, if adopted, could strike down up to 30 years of progress.

The FSU supports tough health and safety laws for all workers. With the States and Territories still negotiating with the Commonwealth over the new Model Law, we need your help to make sure we get the best model OHS law.
 Sign the petition today!

If you are an FSU Heath and Safety Rep, you can also assist by downloading and sending the relevant letter for your State and the Federal Government Minister.
Click here for more information

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FSU welcomes Paid Parental Leave scheme 

The FSU welcomes the historic introduction a universal, government-funded Paid Parental Leave scheme covering the majority of Australian workers and their families. The 18 week scheme, announced in this year’s Federal Budget, is set to commence in 2011.

This is a major achievement for the thousands of women and men who have worked so hard to bring this scheme to fruition. Well done to the FSU members who participated in the campaign.

The scheme is provided in addition to existing employer funded schemes, and can be accessed by the primary care giver. The scheme will not apply for children born or adopted before 1 January 2011.

The Federal Government has produced a handbook on the Paid Parental Leave scheme, which can be accessed here.

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Bankwest workers send message to PM 

Postcards asking where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is when bank workers in WA need him, have been delivered to the PM’s Canberra office with a request to meet on finance sector job security. The postcards were signed by workers and community members who attended the FSU’s lunch time rally in Perth last month. A photo of the rally has been selected as the Photo of the Week by international labour news website LabourStart.

Meanwhile discussions between FSU and Bankwest regarding reasonable workloads in affected areas, safeguards for Bankwest staff redeployed to CBA, and maximising redeployment opportunities, are continuing.

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FSU in the news 

The FSU is your voice in the workplace, at the bargaining table, in Canberra, and in the national media. Here’s a small selection of your union in the news:

 The Union Show – Australian Banking Sector
5th May 2009

 Westpac suspends offshore jobs plan 
The Australian, 7th May 2009

 Battling Suncorp yet to streamline board 
The Courier Mail, 7th May 2009

 NAB denies job shift claims 
Business Day, The Age/SMH online, 11th May 2009

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Chifley MBA: Enrolments now open 

In an economic downturn, give your career the edge. The knowledge gained from the MBA can help take your career to the next level and give you the skills required for management.

Enrolments for the Chifley MBA are now open and close 29 May. Semester commences 29 June.

Chifley Business School delivers Australia’s largest distance learning MBA and FSU members can access the MBA at $1,300 per unit (save $150 per unit).

If you want to know more about the programs offered by Chifley, phone 1300 CHIFLEY | 1300 244 353 during business hours or email

Quick links: Program structure | Testimonials | Entry requirements

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Happy Birthday Trades Hall! 

May marks the 150th anniversary of Victoria’s Trades Hall building. Touted as the birthplace of the Australian union movement, the first Melbourne Trades Hall was a four- roomed timber, iron roofed building.   It was constructed on a grant of Crown Land at the corner of Victoria and Lygon Sts, Carlton and opened on the 24th May 1859.   The permanent present day Trades Hall is situated on the same site.   Its construction started in 1874 and took 50 years to complete in stages.

This important anniversary is to be celebrated with a Street Party from 6.00 pm onwards on Sunday 24th May 2009. All union members are welcome to attend. For further information about this event please contact Shelley Mildren on 9659 3511 or .

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FSU on Facebook 

Don’t forget to check out your union’s page on Facebook, and become one of our growing number of fans! Start a discussion and network with finance sector colleagues.

 Click here for FSU on Facebook

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