FB&FSEU today has around 1500 members employed in both banking and non-bank financial institutions in Fiji. It began in the early sixties as an informal grouping of local bank officers concerned with discriminatory pay and conditions in an industry then dominated by expatriates at all levels of employment.
The Union was registered as the Fiji Bank Officers Association as a trade union on 12 June 1968 under the Trade Unions Act. In 1979 the Union’s name was changed to Fiji Bank Employees Union to truly reflect its membership of all levels of banking workers. Recognizing the growth in the range of organizations apart from banks that now provided financial services in Fiji and that workers in where enterprises largely remained unorganized in 1994 the Union adopted changes to its Constitution to allow wider representation and also changed its name to Fiji Bank & Finance Sector Employees Union.
The Union now represents workers in institutions in banking, insurance, finance, information technology and related industries and including their subsidiaries. Many workers in these industries remain non-unionized and FBFSEU’s organizing campaign to include these remains our priority object.