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Issue #1687      June 3, 2015

This can’t be right

Just a few months after ANZ staff successfully stopped the bank from undermining redundancy protections, the Finance Sector Union (FSU) says the union once again have to step up to protect jobs at the bank.

The FSU wrote to ANZ on behalf of Credit Assessment Officers in Retail Lending Operations who discovered jobs, that appear to be the same as theirs, being advertised on seek.com.au and anz.com only two business days after the bank gave them notices of retrenchment. They had been told their jobs will be sent offshore.

While ANZ has said the jobs advertised were due to “attrition”, impacted employees have questioned whether ANZ is really being genuine about redeployment support.

Notices of retrenchment were issued to employees on May 15. Two business days later, on May 19, roles for Credit Assessment Officers appeared on seek.com.au and anz.com causing concern the redundancies would not be genuine redundancies.

ANZ now say employees on retrenchment should let it know of their “desire to be placed into any of these roles” by June 1. Impacted employees say “it’s not right for ANZ to make us beg for our jobs”.

Just how these job ads could have been placed while employees on redeployment were ignored, begs the question “who approved the job ads?” and “why didn’t ANZ offer the jobs to employees on redeployment?”

FSU is working closely with Credit Assessment employees to ensure the process is fair and genuine, and that ANZ adheres to the enterprise bargaining agreement and the Fair Work Act.

Negotiations for a new ANZ EBA are expected to resume before the end of June. Job security is again going to be a major issue.

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