Unhappy workers to join ANZ strike

23:00, Oct 08 2014

Disgruntled ANZ staff members from Palmerston North and Dannevirke are expected to take part in a nationwide strike this week.

First Union members working at ANZ Bank voted to begin a nationwide strike, with 84 per cent in favour of taking action over a new collective agreement that includes a clause allowing flexible rostering.

Palmerston North-based First Union representative Dion Martin said he was discussing an action plan with union members in Manawatu and seeing what they felt comfortable with.

He said there were about 20 union members in Palmerston North.

"It will be various action of withdrawal of labour at various times, different amounts at different times."

Martin said a walkout was likely but could not reveal when the walkout would be.


"People are saying they want some stable, secure work hours.

"There will be quite a good showing."

He would not confirm the number of staff who would strike.

Despite an ANZ spokesman's assurance that there would be limited impact on customers, Martin said it was likely that there would be some disruption to services on the day of action.

"They are very customer-focused," he said.

"They are not doing this to disrupt any customers, they re doing this because they have to take a stand and send a message to their employers.

"Even non-members are really sympathetic, we probably should get a lot of members out of this."

Staff members were also unhappy with pay rises offered that ranged from 2 per cent to 3 per cent a year for the next two years.

Manawatu Standard