In mid-March, the coronavirus (COVID-19) changed the way we work and live. During this challenging time, your union has focused on securing measures to protect the health, safety and employment of you and your colleagues.
Together with thousands of your fellow FSU members we worked to secure commitments from employers across the finance industry. So far, we have been able to secure the following:
- Access to special paid leave (pandemic leave) for employees, including casuals;
- Provision of PPE equipment including hand sanitiser, gloves, and plexiglass screens;
- Social/physical distancing measures;
- Suspension of targets;
- Suspension of restructures and permanent branch closures; and
- Work from home allowances.
After successfully suppressing the spread of coronavirus, talk has now turned to easing restrictions as preparations are made for the Australian economy to re-open. Plans are being made for finance industry workers to return to workplaces and offices across the country.
We still have work to do. Not all finance industry employers signed up to the measures above, and for those who did these measures are only in policy.
Complete the FSU Survey on safe workplaces
Now more than ever it is vital that we hear from you – safe secure jobs and workplaces for you and your colleagues are the focus. As a first step, complete this survey to share your thoughts:
We all need to work together to ensure we have COVID+Aware workplaces so that you and the community are protected from a second wave of infection.
We are also working with the ACTU to secure key improvements to health and safety laws, as well as campaigning for the Morrison Government to guarantee all workers are guaranteed 2 weeks paid pandemic leave. We will have more information on how you can get involved and support this campaign in the coming days.