As we approach the end of 2011, it is an opportune time to reflect back on what has been another challenging year.
Once again collective bargaining in the finance sector has achieved good outcomes for members when compared to many other sectors throughout New Zealand. Many claw backs on terms and conditions have been resisted due to members supporting collective activities throughout the year. Don't forget that it is you as members that have the most influence to drive change and your continued participation in supporting collective action and recruitment is the key to positive outcomes going forward.
This year has been a significant year of change for Finsec as we merged with the NDU to form FIRST Union. We are now part of a union with around 28,000 members. We have a dedicated finance sector within the new union. We still have dedicated finance sector organisers, and in regional areas new organisers based locally, who will become more familiar to you over time. Union Councils will continue to raise issues and lead bargaining campaigns. Personally, seeing the merger finalised and coming together has been a highlight. Being part of a bigger union will give us the opportunity to support fellow members in other sectors of FIRST Union as well as having their when needed.
The forming of FIRST Union also means we have a new President, Margaret Dornan who works at Farmers in Wellington. Margaret is extremely positive about having finance sector members on board and working closely with the four finance representatives on the new union executive.
I would like to thank you for your support and activism during 2011 and look forward to seeing the same in 2012. Have a Merry Christmas and a thoroughly enjoyable New Year.
outgoing Finsec President and FIRST Union finance sector executive representative