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  • News Date:
    Friday, March 6, 2015
    Body:

    The profits of NZ’s banking sector increased by 20.41% in 2014, according to the latest KPMG Financial Institutions Performance Survey; profits have now reached $4.83 billion.

    FIRST Union’s Retail, Finance and Commerce sector Maxine Gay said that these super-profits indicate that something is not right with our economy.

  • News Date:
    Friday, March 6, 2015
    Body:

    Recently a worker from the Rotorua branch of ANZ approached us who had worked on a public holiday with questions around payment for a day-in-lieu that she was paid out for.

  • News Date:
    Friday, March 6, 2015
    Body:

    This Saturday 7 March (tomorrow!) is the latest nationwide day of action against the TPPA, and actions are taking place in 22 locations around the country.

  • News Date:
    Friday, March 6, 2015
    Body:

    The Canadian central bank has made a special request to Canadians to stop defacing $5 notes to make them look like Star Trek’s Doctor Spock.

    For years trekkies have scribbled on the face of former PM Wilfrid Laurier – Canada’s first francophone prime minister – to make them look like Spock.

    However the trend has accelerated significantly since Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played spock, passed away.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Westpac NZ have just appointed a new boss, David McLean, who has just returned from working in New York at Westpac’s institutional  Americas division.

    McLean has been the acting CEO of Westpac NZ since last August after Australian Peter Clare departed last year due to health reasons.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    The Auckland Pride Parade 2015 is a landmark annual public event, the highpoint of the Auckland Pride Festival and the largest Rainbow Community (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatapui, Fa’afafine, Intersex, Queer) event in the country.

    It will take place on Saturday 21 February at 7:30pm in Auckland’s Ponsonby Road, and this year will include more than 55 floats.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Not everybody likes Valentines Day, but everyone likes a good laugh. Hopefully these give you a bit of a chuckle:

    What do farmers give their wives on Valentine's Day? Hogs and kisses! 

    What did one pickle say to the other? "You mean a great dill to me."

    "Whale you be my Valentine?" "Dolphinately"

    What do single people call Valentine's Day? Happy Independence Day. 

     

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

    Here in New Zealand ANZ and FIRST Union will be having another face-to-face mediated bargaining session next Thursday 19 February.

  • News Date:
    Friday, February 13, 2015
    Body:

     

    This week ASB posted their latest haly-yearly profit statement, hauling in a record half-year net profit of $444 million.

    This is a 7% increase on the previous year’s profit ($416 million). ASB is owned by the Australian Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s largest bank, who reported a first-half profit of A$4.62 billion.

  • News Date:
    Friday, January 30, 2015
    Body:

    Our friends at the Finance Sector Union (FSU) in Australia are in bargaining with ANZ and have been offered a similar deal to ANZ workers here in New Zealand.

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