Today NAB have announced a proposal to change the operating hours of 110 retail branches across regional Australia, following the downturn in over the counter transactions as a direct result of COVID-19 and customers changing the way they bank.
270 staff work across these branches and the good news is – the proposal is that not one person will lose their job nor have any of their current hours cut and not one branch will close!
Great news for regional communities
Normally when any of the banks make a decision regarding downturn in customer activity it means branch closures, loss of jobs and loss of services.
Finally, we have a major bank that has listened and learned and are now proposing a new model to stay in these communities which depend on them so much. Branches would open from 10am to 1pm on their current opening days, and staff would be trained to assist customers via other means for the remainder of their contracted hours.
Great opportunities for regional employees – we need to hear from you now!
We are breaking new territory with this announcement and is something FSU has been fighting for over many years, keeping finance jobs across regional and remote Australia.
There is a lot to work through; if you are working in one of the 110 branches we invite you to join us in a zoom meeting next Thursday 16 July at 7pm EST. This will be an opportunity to discuss the proposal and answer any and all of your questions. Remember – if you are concerned or unsure of some of the details, many others will be as well.
Please register for the meeting here:
Not a member yet, join your union which has been fighting to secure good ongoing jobs across our regions for years join here: https://www.fsunion.org.au/join/