Bank workers vote for strikes to continue
ANZ National Bank workers have once again voted to reject the bank’s employment offer and will continue nationwide rolling strikes. Staff who are represented by Finsec, the finance sector union, rejected the bank’s offer by a 73% majority. This is now the fifth time they have rejected the bank’s offer.
Workers at the bank are seeking fair compensation for working weekends and evenings, and assurances that the bank will treat the staff from its two merging brands, ANZ and National, equally. So far the bank has failed to respond to any of these key issues that the workers have been raising since the start of negotiations 10 weeks ago.
Finsec is hopeful that mediated negotiations will occur shortly.
“Members are concerned that the bank’s recent integration is creating pressure for a ‘lowest common denominator’ approach to working conditions and again call on ANZ National to return to the bargaining table with a genuine intent to resolve this dispute.” Said Finsec Campaigns Director, Karen Skinner.