News : Unhappy ANZ Staff Protest in Auckland
Dec 5, 2014 -- ANZ bank workers have started a march up Auckland's Queen St, protesting what they claim are unfair employment cut backs.
About 100 call centre and office staff began chanting and marching up the super-city's busiest stretch of road, in the latest industrial action that has hit the bank.
The group was flanked by police and, as the road was not closed for the march, cars and busses are coming to a standstill behind them.
A giant inflatable pig is sat outside ANZ's main city centre branch at the intersection of Victoria and Queen streets.
It is dressed in a top hat and suit, with a sign around its neck which reads "greedy ANZ".
FIRST Union organiser Tali Williams said workers had reluctantly agreed to ANZ's conditions in the last round of industrial bargaining but on the condition pay rises would follow.
But Williams said the bank broke the agreement. She said ANZ had reduce overtime rates in call centres and back offices, as well as introducing a flexible workers' clause.
The clause will introduce month-to-month rosters in ANZ branches. She said it would disrupt workers who had held traditional nine-to-five jobs.
"ANZ are just being greedy."
The bank made a profit of $1.7 billion this year and could afford to increase staff wages, Williams said.
"Bargaining is a give and take scenario, not take and take."
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ANZ media spokesman Stefan Herrick said the bank had made changes to the proposed flexible hours clause due to workers' concerns.
The new work arrangement will apply to new employees, he said, and will not affect job security.
Herrick said ANZ offered pay increases of 2.75-3 per cent to staff this year.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, December 8, 2014