ANZ workers to strike ASAP

ANZ chief executive David Hisco

Frustrated by flexible rostering plans and low pay rises, ANZ workers have voted to go on strike.

Over the past two weeks disaffected staff have been walking off the job but now almost 85% of the 1324 First Union members who work for the bank have voted to take the strike nationwide.

ANZ is offering pay rises of 2-3% a year over the next two years, which the union says is too small given the bank’s record profitability and chief executive David Hisco’s $4.1 million pay packet.

The union has also objected to a new collective employment agreement that includes a flexible rostering clause for many front-line staff on the basis that it would impinge on their commitments outside work.

Instead it has made a counter-offer of up to 20% of workers on flexible contracts, to cover evening and weekend shifts.

Just when the strike action will occur is reportedly still being worked out by First Union.

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