ANZ workers to strike tomorrow

03:04, Oct 09 2014

Workers at ANZ bank will be on strike at several locations across the country tomorrow, after First Union members rejected the bank's latest employment agreement offer.

ANZ workers will be on strike and will attend pickets, rallies and marches in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin, First Union said.

The union said workers in "many other places" would walk off the job.

The union represents nearly 20 per cent of ANZ staff

First Union retail and finance secretary Maxine Gay said the industrial action followed union meetings where 96 per cent of members had rejected the banks latest offer in a dispute over flexible rostering.

Gay said that ANZ workers have been prepared to allow up to 20 per cent of the workforce to be flexible, but ANZ wanted every new worker to start on an "insecure" contract.

Earlier this week ANZ spokesman Stefan Herrick said the flexible roster proposal did not reduce job security.

Instead he said it allowed for changes to be made to the start and finish times of staff, in order to respond to changes in customer demand.

''Staff working on these rosters would have an agreed number of hours that they work each month which cannot be changed without their agreement,'' he said.