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Disappointment as Westpac closes Ruatorea branch

Date of Release: 
Monday, July 13, 2015

After a spirited campaign to save Westpac Ruatorea, bank bosses have ignored the community and confirmed that the Ruatorea branch will close says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“Westpac ignored the community. Over 3000 people signed the petition to save Westpac Ruatorea, over 100 locals turned out to discuss the proposal at a town hall meeting and many more have made their views heard through social media.”

ANZ workers take strike action on Christmas Eve

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ANZ workers from branches and contact centres around the country are on strike today in response to the bank’s refusal to bargain fairly, according to the bank workers’ union.

“They decided to take this action because they’re sick and tired of the bank’s approach to bargaining”, said FIRST Union organiser Tali Williams.

Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 31, 2014

A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today.

ANZ workers standing up for secure, reliable hours and better pay!

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Friday, October 10, 2014
ANZ workers across the country stopped work today as part of a national strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life.

ANZ workers on strike tomorrow across New Zealand

Date of Release: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014

FIRST Union members from several ANZ locations across the country will be on strike tomorrow, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life.

ANZ workers vote for national strike

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 6, 2014

FIRST Union members at ANZ have voted for nationwide industrial action to protect job security at New Zealand’s wealthiest bank.

ANZ boss tops salary survey but wants to make bank jobs insecure

Date of Release: 
Monday, September 29, 2014

As ANZ workers vote on industrial action to protect job security at the country’s most profitable bank, ANZ’s chief has topped the list of CEO’s in the annual Business Herald executive pay survey, out today.

Bank profits rosy, so why is ANZ attempting to casualise its workforce?

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 25, 2014

As banks celebrate their windfalls today, workers at ANZ are considering going on strike to protect job security at New Zealand’s most profitable bank.

Westpac Agreement ratified by members

Friday, June 13, 2014

Union members at Westpac have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the new Collective Agreement, which delivers a wage increase of 3.4% (effective from 1 April this year) and a further 3.4% on 1 April next year.

63% of eligible Westpac members participated in the ballot at ratification meetings, with over 90% voting in favour of the settlement.

Loan shark rules pass parliamentary hurdles

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill was passed this week, imposing a duty of care on lenders to act with skill, care and diligence in all dealings with a borrower.

The legislation is directed to cracking down on loan sharks and payday lenders that prey on working class communities and take advantage of low-waged workers


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