ANZ workers across the country stopped work today as part of a national strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life.
There are lots of photos and videos from our events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, and more photos are coming in through the day. The best place to catch them all is over at facebook.com/FirstUnionNZ.
FIRST Union’s Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay said that ANZ’s proposals would leave bank workers with jobs that they cannot plan their lives around, by chopping and changing their days and start times month by month.
“I’d like David Hisco to come down from his office today and tell members of our union why he thinks an ANZ staff member with dependent children needs to be put through the stress of having their days and hours changed every month.”
“Or why a staff member undertaking study, or who is committed to a not-for-profit group, cannot make reliable commitments to these pursuits.”
ANZ workers have been prepared to allow up to 20% of the workforce to be flexible, but ANZ wanted every new worker to start on the insecure work contract, she said.
Messages of support flood in…
ANZ workers were well supported today from union colleagues across the world.
In less than 24 hours over 70 messages of solidarity and support had flooded in to the union office, from other New Zealand unions, international unions and union federations, and individual workers wanting to pass on their support to FIRST Union members at ANZ.
Many of these messages were read out at rallies in Auckland and Wellington today.
In the news
Media coverage of the ANZ strike today was comprehensive.