News : ANZ Workers Walk Off the Job
Oct 3, 2014 -- ANZ call centre workers are striking over pay and conditions.
About 40 workers took to the streets at the Newmarket branch in Auckland on Friday. This followed strike action earlier in the week at Otahuhu and Wellington.
First Union says the bank wants to casualise the workforce so workers would only know each month what days and times they are working.
ANZ workers were prepared to allow up to 20 per cent of the workforce to be flexible, but the bank wants every new worker to start on the insecure work contract, it says.
'We're willing to negotiate with the company, but they've given us a proposal that's unacceptable and our members have rejected it,' union spokesman Jerome Mika told NZ Newswire.
'We're asking for a fair and reasonable wage increase and security in the terms and conditions.'
Further strike action was planned until the union could get the company around the table again, Mr Mika said.
ANZ offered call centre and back office workers employed before September 2010 a two per cent a year rise over two years. It offered other workers three per cent in the first year and 2.75 in the second.
Westpac workers achieved a 3.4 per cent annual increase for two years earlier this year.
Comment is being sought from ANZ.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, October 6, 2014