CBA’s COVID-19 leave policy falls short

CBA recently released an infographic designed to explain when and how to access leave through the COVID pandemic. This policy falls short on some critical elements.

Any requirement that someone must first exhaust their sick/carer’s leave before having access to special paid leave does not adequately protect workers from having to choose whether to follow government advice or not.

It is the FSU’s position that if any member meets the criteria:

  1. to self-isolate for 14 days; and/or
  2. is diagnosed with COVID-19; and/or
  3. is required to stay at home due to caring responsibilities due to COVID-19

There should be no barrier to them following the government’s advice to isolate. We reject any position that relies on workers taking their own accrued leave in the three circumstances above. Yesterday we wrote to CBA again to tell them that their position is not good enough.

Over 3500 finance sector employees have signed our petition so far, calling on employers to implement the FSU’s common-sense framework to protect workers.

Add your voice here:

The framework calls for suspension of NPS, targets & KPIs, proper social distancing and other safety measures (particularly in call centres and retail), reimbursements for those buying equipment to work from home, and the protection of vulnerable workers. If you can organise your workplace to sign in support of our framework, we can build pressure on the finance sector to do the right things to support their workforce.

We’re also aware that CBA have been dragging their feet and refusing to meet with Health and Safety Representatives. After hearing from HSRs around the country, the FSU has written to CBA to remind them of their legal obligations to consult with HSRs about the health and safety measures being implemented. We’re also working closely with those HSRs to support them in getting the best possible outcomes for their colleagues.

You can read the FSU’s FAQ on COVID-19 at

As always, if you have any issues or questions, please contact the member rights centre on 1300 366 378.

In unity and stay safe,
Julia Angrisano

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Finance Sector Union
Ph: 1300 366 378

Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary