What is The Union Show?

7 12 2010

The Union Show broadcast on community TV C31 in Melbourne Australia from 2005 to 2009 and is a rich source of information on unions and issues affecting unions in this country. Whilst the program is no longer produced for television, the producers, United Productions maintain both a Union Show blog and the UnitedPro2010 YouTube channel as a means of disseminating union information that would otherwise be lost in time and in the morass of anti-union misinformation that is distributed by mainstream media.

An extensive archive of Union Show episodes is available for viewing at http://theunionshow.blip.tv. Current union information can be sourced at www.theunionshow.com.au and at the UnitedPro2010 YouTube channel. There are many other web sources for union information that deal mainly in the written word. One of those sites and perhaps the venerable example is www.labourstart.org.au where you will find links to many other like-minded information outlets.

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St George/BankSA leads the pack on parental leave

29 06 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Negotiations will commence shortly on a new Enterprise Agreement for St George/Bank SA. Amongst the issues raised by FSU members is superannuation on parental leave.

Under a new policy announced today by CEO Gail Kelly, Westpac will pay employer superannuation contributions on up to 40 weeks of unpaid parental leave.

This goes some additional way to meeting calls by FSU members for increases to employer superannuation contributions. The FSU will push to entrench this improvement in the new St George/BankSA Agreement.

Research shows that many women have inadequate retirement funds. One of the contributing factors to this has been the fact that most employers do not pay superannuation contributions when employees are on parental leave.

The new arrangement comes into effect for all leave taken on or after 1 July 2010, making the bank’s Parental Leave arrangements the best amongst all the major banks.