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Message from the National Secretary,
What a week! In the last seven days we’ve farewelled AXA from the Australian finance sector, seen a banking CEO face questions from a studio audience (and a couple of her employees), and welcomed the return of Bank of Melbourne to Victoria.
Within the union we’ve celebrated 100 years of International Women’s Day, awarded our first $500 Education Grant to a member, and cheered loudly as two FSU Reps were honoured at the ACTU Awards ceremony last night.
Popular ABC TV program Q & A covered a range of topics of interest to FSU members last Monday night when Westpac CEO Gail Kelly joined the panel. Ms Kelly was quizzed about the gender pay gap in the finance sector, executive pay, and asked why there are no women on the bank’s executive team. Some Westpac employees even submitted a video question and were offered a meeting with the lady herself! If you missed the show you can catch it online here.
And finally, I hope you have taken the opportunity to read messages from FSU women on the occasion of International Women’s Day. I found the messages inspiring and hopeful, and I thank these women for sharing their stories with you. You can read their stories, and post your own here.
With the AMP takeover of AXA now approved by both the Federal Treasurer and shareholders, conditions attached to the Treasurer’s approval require AMP to consult with the FSU to ensure the best interests of the employees of both organisations are taken into account in the transition to one company and one brand. The FSU held initial talks with AMP recently that reinforced that view.
FSU has launched a new blog to keep members at the Commonwealth Bank informed about the progress of negotiations for the next EBA. President of the Commonwealth Bank National Enterprise Council and CBA employee Louise Arnfield will be filing reports from the coalface and the negotiating table on a regular basis. Read and comment on the blog here. And if you want to send a message to Louise, drop her a line at email@example.com . She’d love to hear from you!
FSU Rep and Bankwest employee Kimberley Croning has a bit more support for her studies now as she has been named the recipient of the union’s IWD Education Grant for 2011. Fittingly, Kimberley received the news on International Women’s Day. She is pictured here receiving the grant from FSU WA Branch Secretary Dianne Marshall.
It was the union's great pleasure to accept an Award on behalf of FSU Rep Eugene Clark for his work organising and recruiting members throughout Queensland during 2010. Eugene was selected as the Award winner from a strong field of nominations from right across Australia, including another FSU Rep from the Northern Territory Leachelle Pascoe, who was named as a finalist in the category Delegate of the Year.
Congratulations to both Leachelle and Eugene for achieving national recognition of the work they do in their home states, in their workplaces and in their community. I hope that all of our fantastic FSU Reps take from this result the knowledge that the work they do on behalf of the union and union members is incredibly important, and is recognised and appreciated.
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:
Almost two years on from the Global Financial Crisis FSU National Policy & Communications Director Rod Masson reflects on the lessons that should not be ignored.