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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.

ANZ closes Ngaruawahia branch… then proposes two more branch closures

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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

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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.

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.”

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.”

Maxine Gay on the Aussie banks neglecting NZ

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Our Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay appeared on RadioLive to explain how the big Aussie banks are neglecting New Zealanders, especially our small communities like Ruatorea. Maxine's comments were then featured on the Paul Henry Show's half-hourly news bulletin

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.  

ANZ announces interim results amidst potential hours reductions

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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”.


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