Sovereign: keeping it simple

Finsec members at Sovereign Assurance are gearing up for negotiations later this week, and they have decided to keep things simple.

“We could go in with a list of twenty different things to negotiate on, but we think it makes more sense to stick to a small number of issues that are really important to people”, says Carl Macken, the Finsec delegate at Sovereign in Auckland.

Members have decided to focus on winning a fair percentage pay increase, gaining additional annual leave for staff with six years service or more, and domestic leave that is separate from sick leave.

“In particular, the annual leave issue has interested a lot of people. Before we started talking about it not many people knew that nearly all of the other big Insurers with Collectives have moved to recognise their long serving staff with additional annual leave. It will be great if we can convince Sovereign to catch up”.

“We are trying to grow our membership to show support for this issue in the leadup to negotiations. Members have been active handing out information and asking non-members to join”, says Carl.

Negotiations commence on Friday 1 June.


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