The pandemic has left permanent marks on our industry. We were declared essential, and thousands of us shifted to working from home. While we are used to change, the pandemic has fast-tracked branch closures, accelerated the digitisation of work and altered the work we perform.
We knew that this was a moment in time for the sector and our union. I am proud that we acted quickly and proactively. Our union secured vaccination leave for 250,000 workers, we got performance objectives suspended during lockdown periods, we made our workplaces safer, and we convinced Westpac to bring 1000 jobs back onshore. We also improved pay and conditions with an average pay increase of 3% in new agreements across the sector at the same time.
As the world changes, so must our union. Last year the National Executive laid out a plan to secure our union’s future. We know our rules must reflect the workers across the sector and the issues you care about. This year Conference will consider changes to our rules. Ensuring that our rules are contemporary, reflecting our industries while creating opportunities to empower you to be the voice of the union in your workplace.
I am excited to share with you all the amazing lineup of speakers and sessions that are not to be missed. Join with me for two days of inspiration and let’s get building for a stronger FSU.
FSU National Secretary