Issue No.3 of 2009
Monday 9 February

Special Bushfire Edition

The nation is still coming to grips with the tragic bushfires the tore through pockets of the country on the weekend, and sadly, many of these fires are still active, continuing to put lives and property at risk.
The Finance Sector Union offers sincere condolences to members who have been affected by bushfire, who may have lost loved ones or property.

The FSU commends the finance sector employers who have committed funds to the Victorian Bushfire Relief fund and FSU members and colleagues who opened bank branches on Sunday to assist members of the community who have been affected by bushfires to access emergency funds, and members working for insurance companies who are working through claims as quickly as possible.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is donating $250,000 to the Relief Fund, and the FSU National Executive is expected to endorse a $20,000 donation when it meets later this week.

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What we can do to help you 

FSU members, who require leave from work to fight fires, defend property or find emergency accommodation, or assist organisations such as State emergency services or the Red Cross, may have an entitlement under their Award or Agreement. If you are having trouble accessing leave, if you require the union’s assistance, or you want to know what your rights are, call the FSU Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378.

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What you can do to help

There are a great many Australians who have not been directly affected by the bushfires who wish to help in some way. FSU encourages members who wish to assist in some way to consider one of the following:

  • Donate Cash:
    • 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund
      Telephone: 1800 811 700
    • Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Bushfire Appeal
      Make a donation in person at your local branch or online at
  • Donate blood:
    Call for an appointment at your local Blood Bank.
    Telephone: 13 14 95
  • Support Wildlife Rescue Organisations:
    Wildlife shelters are being inundated with injured animals. Make donations online to support their work.

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