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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

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.”

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

Date of Release: 
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.

Westpac Quarterly & Targets Forum Survey for December

Friday, November 7, 2014
It’s that time again – please tell us your priorities for the Council’s forum in December.

Tell us your priorities for the forum in September

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Our next quarterly forum with Westpac bank is on the 30 September. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and fax back to FIRST Union by 17 September.

Westpac Forum Report Back: August 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Your union council discussed the member stories from bargaining with Ian Blair, GM Retail; as well as discussing other issues affecting staff with senior management of the 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.

It’s a YES!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Westpac Ratification Meetings

Friday, May 23, 2014

Westpac ratification meetings have begun and are going well. 

Next week is the last week that ratification meetings can take place.

Members have an absolute right to attend a ratification meeting – the reason we give notice is so that staffing issues can be managed by the bank.


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