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Bank branch closures roundup: Westpac closes 19, ANZ looks at closing 7

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country;
  • ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches;
  • The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ‘who’s next?’

The bank workers union says its members at the country’s major banks fear for their futures after Westpac confirmed it will close nineteen branches across New Zealand.

“Our members in the branches are asking ‘who’s next,’” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

ANZ closes Ngaruawahia branch… then proposes two more branch closures

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The union representing working people at the country’s major banks says ANZ has confirmed it will close the Ngaruawahia branch while proposing closures at a further two branches.

This comes only a week after the bank proposed closures at the Massey University branch in Palmerston North, Milton, Otorohanga and Te Aroha branches.

“ANZ is consulting on another proposal to close branches in the heartland, this time in Hokitika and Waitara,” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

Five more heartland bank branches could close, this time at ANZ

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

ANZ is consulting on a proposal to close five branches across the country, said the union representing working people in the country’s major banks. 

“ANZ is consulting on a proposal that could see five communities lose their bank branch,” said FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

The branches are Massey University in Palmerston North, Milton (50 kilometres south of Dunedin), Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga and Te Aroha.

ANZ Members - Back pay and pay rise:

ANZ
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The union has been fielding calls from some ANZ members reporting that the bank is requesting that they prove their union membership before their back pay and pay rise can be applied.

ANZ announces interim results amidst potential hours reductions

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

While ANZ announces an impressive half year result, hours reductions remain a threat for ANZ workers in New Zealand says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.   

“Last week ANZ concluded consultation with workers at the bank’s Whangarei branches on a proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions”.

ANZ proposes casualisation in Whangarei stores

Date of Release: 
Thursday, April 30, 2015

ANZ workers in Whangarei could see their incomes drop by 20 to 40 percent if the bank’s proposal to reduce the number of full-time positions goes ahead says FIRST Union national organiser Tali Williams.

“Last week ANZ proposed a reduction in the number of full time positions at the Whangarei and Bank Street branches”. 

“If the proposal goes ahead workers will see their hours cut and many will be forced to look for work elsewhere” says Tali Williams.

Application for Facilitated Bargaining Granted!

ANZ
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The next step is The Authority will set dates for a hearing after conversing with the parties lawyers on 20 April 2015.

Latest update on ANZ bargaining

ANZ
Friday, March 20, 2015
APPLICATION FOR FACILITATED BARGAINING FILED

OUTCOME OF MEDIATED BARGAINING SESSION

ANZ
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The parties met for a mediated bargaining session today.

Latest update on ANZ bargaining

ANZ
Friday, February 13, 2015
The Bank has agreed to another mediated bargaining session

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