Issue No.22 of 2011 Friday 18 November




Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia 

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:

  Watch and share the Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia video

  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

  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

  Send a message to the Suncorp CEO Patrick Snowball by emailing  View a sample email here. Share your message on the Keep Suncorp Jobs in Australia Facebook page.

  Invite your friends, family and colleagues to “like” 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.
  If you work at Suncorp make sure you attend any FSU meetings happening in your workplace. If there isn’t a meeting scheduled in your workplace, and you need to talk to your union, contact the Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378.

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.

Leon Carter

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FSU latest news in brief 

  Westpac announces first job cuts despite record $7b profit

  CBA: Performance double standard. Members campaign for fair and reasonable targets

  NAB:Business Bank jobs to go

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Australians one step closer to 12% Superannuation Guarantee 

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.

At the same time, the Government also proposed the removal of the age limit for compulsory SG contributions – currently age 70 – by 2013.

AustralianSuper supports both the abolition of the age limit and the increase in the SG rate, but both measures are dependent on the passing of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) package.

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ACTION: Sign the FSU online petition calling on the Australian Parliament to increase compulsory superannuation contributions to 12%.

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FSU in the news 

  The Westpac dialectic: IT outsourcing and warring narratives
Delimiter, 15th November

  ANZ cuts jobs at Oasis
Investor Daily, 11th November

  Union fires up over Westpac outsourcing
ZDNet, 9th November

 CBA performance bonuses 'double standard'
ABC Online, 9th November

 Offshoring: coming soon to a job near you
Sydney Morning Herald, 5th November

 Westpac jobs threat despite record profit, 3rd November

 Suncorp sends jobs offshore
Brisbane Times, 3rd November

 Westpac posts Australian bank record profit
The World Today, ABC Radio – 3rd November

 Job outsourcing
ABC Brisbane Drive Program – 3rd November

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Fiji Union Leaders Free – Campaign for workers’ rights continues 

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.

Further reading:

  ACTU and ACCI call for freedom of association in Fiji

  The global online campaign that helped secure the release of Fiji trade unionists

  Taking action works, even half a world away

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APHEDA Festive Season Cards available now – Packs of ten only $12 

Order your cards from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA this festive season and you will be also sending a message of solidarity to workers and their families in developing countries.

All proceeds go to supporting APHEDA’s work for health, education and workers’ rights in more than 15 countries. Click here for details.

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Authorised by FSU National Secretary Leon Carter