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Westpac is having a party but you’re not invited
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As Westpac count down the days to their 200th anniversary celebrations the job cuts, offshoring, and branch closure announcements continue to mount.


These celebrations would not be possible without the years of hard work and dedication of loyal staff who are an integral part of Westpac’s success, yet many staff now face an uncertain future as job cut announcements become a regular occurrence.

So far this week Westpac have announced proposals to close another 8 branches and cut 30 more jobs, and the week isn’t even over yet.

 

The planned job cuts are to come from GOP Home Ownership Services – Discharge Team, BTFG Bank Wealth Distribution General Insurance Distribution, and Business Bank – Commercial Banking – Customer Solutions Team. 

The eight St George branches identified for closure are:

  • Erindale (ACT)
  • Newport (NSW)
  • Windsor (NSW)
  • Mount Ommaney (QLD)
  • Stones Corner (QLD)
  • Toombul (QLD)
  • Toowong Financial Services Sales Centre (QLD)
  • Gladesville (NSW)

 

Are you impacted?

The Westpac Group Enterprise Agreement 2016 sets out your rights including the process Westpac must follow to consult with you regarding major workplace changes.  The agreement provisions include:

  • Genuine consultation periods to consider members feedback about proposed changes;
  • Fairer redeployment process that includes access to case managers and consideration of employee preferences.

 

Will you be asked to do more work with less staff - What can you do?

Make sure you speak up now about any concerns you and your colleagues may have about issues such as a potential increase in workloads, and an increase in travel time. Westpac is obliged to consider your feedback and suggestions. 

Westpac must also discuss with you any measures they will take to avert or mitigate any adverse effect the proposed changes will have.

If you are impacted make sure you get all the facts.  You can:

  • Speak to your FSU Workplace Rep or Organiser
  • Join the FSU online today
  • Arrange to hold a workplace meeting to discuss the impact on you and your colleagues
  • Contact our Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378 to get further information and advice
 
Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary


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