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Breaking news: Commercial Insurance jobs safe from offshoring for now
It’s nice to be able to begin with some good news. The FSU has just been advised that jobs within Recoveries and Settlements in the Commercial Insurance arm of Suncorp which were in-scope for offshoring will remain in Australia. This news follows 3 months of solid pressure on the company to abandon plans to send insurance jobs offshore, and everyone who has participated in this campaign can be rightly proud of their contribution to this outcome.
However, the news isn’t so good for a group of employees in Brisbane who work in Suncorp’s Transactional Accounting Team, who were advised yesterday that the functions they perform will transfer to overseas workers in the new year. Although Commercial Insurance jobs at Suncorp are no longer in-scope for offshoring, many more areas of the company are still in-scope, and it is vital that we continue to keep the pressure on Suncorp.
One of the ways Queensland residents can keep the pressure on is by signing a Qld Parliament e-petition, sponsored by Evan Moorhead MP. The petition will be launched during today’s sitting of the Queensland Parliament. The petition is only open to Queensland residents, however there are plenty of other ways to support the campaign, regardless of where you live. You can:
Put a Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia bumper sticker on your car. Take a photo and post it on the Facebook page. Get your bumper sticker by emailing Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org
Put a Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia corflute in your front yard. Take a photo and post it on the Facebook page. Get your corflute by emailing Danielle.email@example.com
Send a message to the Suncorp CEO Patrick Snowball by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org View a sample email here. Share your message on the Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia Facebook page.
Write to your local newspaper or call your local talkback radio program and tell the world what you think about Suncorp’s decision to send Australian insurance jobs offshore.
Share your story about the impact of offshoring by posting a comment on the FSU online forum.
Earlier this year your National Conference delegates determined that finance sector offshoring is a priority issue for the FSU. And while it may not be happening in your workplace, offshoring has the potential to affect us all. If we want our industry to remain strong, if we want to have good finance jobs in Australia in the future, then we need to protest offshoring wherever and whenever it is happening.
Moves to increase the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) from 9% to 12% came one step closer as the Government introduced The Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Bill 2011 into Parliament on Wednesday 2 November.
ACTION: Sign the FSU online petition calling on the Australian Parliament to increase compulsory superannuation contributions to 12%.
The Westpac dialectic: IT outsourcing and warring narratives
Recently the FSU reported on the introduction of a decree that curtails workers’ rights in Fiji. Thank you to everyone who sent protest emails to Fiji’s military rulers. The great news is that the pressure created by that email campaign has resulted in the release of two Fiji union leaders who had been jailed for organising and supporting workers. The union leaders still face charges, and there is a real possibility that they will again be imprisoned for engaging in union activities. For that reason it is important to remain vigilant, and take part in future online campaigns to support workers in Fiji.
Authorised by FSU National Secretary Leon Carter