Bendigo Bank refuses to meet its frontline staff to discuss a COVID Essential Allowance

Bendigo Bank Says No to a COVID Essential Allowance

Last week we wrote to Richard Fennell, Executive of Consumer Banking. We requested a meeting for you to share your experiences working on the frontline during COVID. 

Your roles have changed completely during COVID. You are now responsible for wearing a mask, constant cleaning, and policing customer movements within the branch. But even with all these safety practices, you are still at risk. Your loved ones are at risk.  

Today there are 3308 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria, and 485 people have died. 

Richard rejected request for a meeting. 

Richard said that frontline staff should not be singled out for recognition. 

Richard said that a COVID Essential Allowance is not the way to make you feel safe or supported.

If Coles and Woolies value their essential frontline staff with an allowance, then why can’t Bendigo? 

What would you say to Richard?  

Reply to this email and let us know.  

In Unity, 
Your Union Team  

PS If you haven’t already, sign our petition for an Essential Allowance and share this email with your colleagues. Ask them what they would say to Richard?  

Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary