ANZ National staff get details of outsourcing plan
ANZ National bank has told workers doing back office jobs in Wellington and Auckland that the work done by 238 of them will be done in India in the future.
The meetings yesterday with workers at the bank's lending services centre in Auckland and customer transaction service centre in Wellington were the start of a two-week consultation period over the outsourcing of the work to India.
Finance workers union Finsec today accused the Australian-owned bank of being greedy and a bad corporate citizen. The work will be done in India at a quarter of the cost.
The bank disputed the union's claim of job losses when the story first broke, saying that the back office workers would be offered the chance to work in bank branches.
Finsec campaigns director Andrew Campbell said 403 workers were told yesterday that there would be 165 positions in the future, meaning 238 people would either be redeployed or made redundant.
The plan is still a proposal while consultation continues.
The union has no idea how many workers will accept an offer of redeployment.
One group of workers had been told they would be paid redundancy because the bank had acknowledged it would not be able to find them a comparable role. These were people who worked late in the evening.
Mr Campbell said the bank could easily afford to employ a New Zealand workforce. The changes were designed to help it meet a stated goal of doubling profit in five years.