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Westpac closes 19 branches

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National organiser for the finance sector Tali Williams spoke to John Campbell on RNZ Checkpoint. 

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

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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.

Communities fight back over Westpac proposal

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Tali Williams spoke with Willie Jackson on RadioLive about communities and workers pushing back against Westpac's proposal to close 19 branches across the country and put up to 70 people out of work. 


Don't close branches and sack workers!

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Westpac is consulting on a proposal that could see 19 branches shut and 70 people put out of work. 

Sign the petition to tell Simon Power this is unacceptable.

Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Ranfurly community will take a stand tomorrow afternoon against Westpac’s proposal to shut the town’s only bank.

“Westpac is consulting on a proposal to close 19 bank branches across the country, including the branch in Ranfurly,” said FIRST Union organiser Ken Young.

Staff submissions were submitted to Westpac on Wednesday. The bank is refusing to take community submissions.

“The Ranfurly community is going to send a message to Westpac and its management team. Small communities like Ranfurly need their bank branch.”

IMPORTANT SURVEY: End of year performance scores

Friday, November 27, 2015
WESTPAC “END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE SCORES” – this is a very important survey - please respond as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 11 December. We need everyone to participate as a poor response will lead the bank to believe this is not an important issue.

Westpac Union Council Report Back to members

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Westpac workers are better off standing together – awesome work everyone!

Disappointment as Westpac closes Ruatorea branch

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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.”

Bank workers' union and community unite to keep open Ruatōria’s last bank

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Friday, May 29, 2015

If Westpac decides to close its Ruatōria branch, locals will have to drive 200 kilometres to reach the nearest bank says FIRST Union President Syd Keepa.

“We’re standing with the affected workers and the local community to keep their bank branch open.”

“Westpac is the last bank on the rural East Coast. If the bean counters in Auckland or Sydney decide to close the branch then locals are left without banking options,” says Keepa.  

Westpac members - complete our members' survey now!

Monday, February 2, 2015
Our next meeting with Senior Westpac Management is on 3 March. So we are again asking all staff to complete our latest members’ survey, the outcomes of which will form the basis of our March Forum. It literally only takes a couple of minutes to give us your views – and you are playing an important part in letting bank management know what our priorities are for the year.


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