26th April 2005
For immediate release
ANZ profit announcement tomorrow
Staff in ANZ National are awaiting their owner’s 6 month profit announcement tomorrow morning with bated breath. The announcement is expected to be one of the largest ever profit figures, with nearly 25% expected to come from New Zealand.
This comes less than a week after thousands of staff walked off the job across New Zealand over the failure of their Australian owner to recognise their weekends and bring equity with their Australian counterparts.
“The facts just don’t add up – we have an Australian owner, record profit going back to Australia – yet New Zealand workers are on lesser terms and conditions. How is this bank getting away with such daylight robbery?” Said ANZ National employee Grant Forsyth.
“Analysts are also predicting that ANZ will attempt to ‘allay investors' fears regarding the potential loss of customers through the National Bank integration’. Clearly, this expected profit announcement shows that the bank can easily afford our claims, so why is the bank risking the loyalty of their staff and customers?” Said Karen Skinner from Finsec, the union for bank workers.
“New Zealand customers are paying the price of this huge profit, yet New Zealand staff are being forced to go on strike to try and get recognition for their weekends, and equity with Australia. Staff will be asking the public of New Zealand to continue to support them in their campaign against this large Australian corporate” concluded Ms Skinner.