Pakistan Bank Insurance Finance Employees Federation [PBIFEF] the long standing UNI affiliate in Pakistan initiated an organizing drive in January 2014 to bring all banking and insurance industry trade unions under one apex federation. So far, the responses from the finance industry unions for the initiative have been positive.
Following the recommendation of the National Leadership of Bank Workers, coordinated by Contraf-CUT (The Brazilian Confederations of Financial Sector Workers), the vast majority of bank workers’ assemblies, held on Monday 6, approved the new proposal presented on Friday by Fenaban (The National Federation of Banks), the employers’ association, ending a nationwide strike which began on September 30. According to the agreement, wages will raise 8.5% (real growth of 2.02%), the wage floor will raise 9% (2.49% above inflation) and meal vouchers, 12.2%.
A select group of union leaders from Allianz and UNI Credit met in Bucharest to boost their organizing campaign, recruit more members in the capital, further develop their networks and get to more than 50% density nationally to be able to conduct formal collective bargaining negotiations with the company.
The training was co-organized by FSAB and UNI Finance, with the facilitation of Lisa Eldret who has been a leading expert in organizing campaigns.
State Insurance has confirmed a proposal to close 21 of its 22 branches around the country by the end of next month.
The company, whose unionised staff are mostly represented by the Public Service Association and some in FIRST Union, says its Riccarton branch in Christchurch will remain open in order to support customer’s with earthquake-related insurance claims.
It says it has identified around 70 job opportunities for the 91 staff impacted by the closures.
State is part of insurance group IAG’s direct insurance division, which includes AMI.
The principal of May Road School in Auckland, Lynda Stuart, has challenged Treasury officials to go without breakfast for one month in order to share the experience of thousands of New Zealand children.
She says it beggars belief for Treasury to suggest that there is no link between hunger and educational success.