Your union is seeking commitments from employers that they will uphold their responsibility to provide a safe workplace during the coronavirus pandemic. We are also seeking protections for FSU members affected by the virus, like special paid leave for anyone required to self-isolate, or who is unable to work, as a result of the pandemic.
The union has developed and sent what we consider to be a minimum set of expectations to employers in our industry.
It is our view that employers should:
- Provide access to special paid leave for employees required to self-isolate, or who cannot work due to the impact of the pandemic. This should be provided in line with government recommendations for quarantine and should include those with caring responsibilities.
- Provide access to special paid leave for those engaged on a casual, labour hire, or fixed term contract basis. There is a significant public health risk where workers without access to paid leave must choose between forgoing income and self-isolating once they become symptomatic. In the absence of a Governmental solution the responsibility falls to us to mitigate this unacceptable risk.
- Not require employees to use or exhaust sick/carer’s/personal leave before providing access to special leave.
- Provide workforce with clear advice regarding their workplace’s response to coronavirus.
- Suspend all performance/sales targets effective immediately.
- Provide employees with appropriate protective equipment, prioritising those with customer facing/cash handling roles.
The FSU have also joined with all Australian unions in calling for the Government to provide two weeks paid special leave to help all workers affected by COVID-19; please sign that petition here.
The need for solidarity has never been more apparent, not just as a union, but as a nation. As an FSU member you have the support of thousands of other finance sector workers across Australia.
Finance Sector Union
Ph: 1300 366 378