Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

ANZ National staff accept bad offer, strike anyway

For immediate release
Friday 22 August 2008

ANZ National staff reluctantly accept bad offer – but strike anyway

Union members in ANZ National have reluctantly agreed to put the bank’s offer of a less than inflation pay rise and no changes to their debt sale targets to a ratification vote next week because the bank has told them it will not change its offer.

Union members in Auckland, Wellington and many provincial areas took strike action and staged pickets outside major branches and the bank’s head office.

“Getting the bank to improve its offer was always going to be a tall order. While many staff have taken strike action today in protest against the bank’s offer, the majority of members have said that the cost of ongoing action is too high,” said Andrew Campbell Finsec Campaigns Director.

“The bank’s promise of fair real wage increases has not been met. Most ANZ National staff are feeling the pinch of current price rises. It is these staff who produce the billion dollar profit the bank makes and support the $2.5 million dollar salary package bank CEO Graham Hodges enjoys,” said Campbell.

“Despite ANZ National being the beneficiary of a business tax cut and saving tens of millions by shipping jobs to Bangalore the bank still won’t reinvest what it should in its New Zealand workforce,” said Campbell.

“It is concerning for both staff and bank customers that ANZ National is now aligned with the shrinking number of banks that won’t even contemplate changes to their debt sale target system,” said Campbell.

“Union members remain committed to making ANZ National a better bank and will continue to work towards changes to targets, improvements to staffing levels and achieving fair pay increases for workers. It is disappointing ANZ National is not committed to these goals too,” said Campbell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why France Could Become Our Closest Ally In Europe

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade deals – so lets just assume for the moment that bilateral trade deals between big and small countries are a good thing, despite the perils they pose to the smaller party. Currently, Britain is so involved with its Brexit nightmare that there seems little prospect of any substantive early progress on an FTA with Britain. In any case, New Zealand should be wary of being the first cab off that particular rank. ... More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages