The Federal Government has established a taskforce to assess the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities. Members of the taskforce include:
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia
- National Australia Bank
- Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
- Bank of Queensland
- Australian Banking Association
- Customer Owned Banking Association
- Council of Small Business Organisations Australia
- Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Australia Post
- Australian Local Government Association
WHO IS MISSING FROM THIS TASKFORCE?
Staff and the community- those impacted and who know firsthand what happens when a branch is closed have been left out. We wrote to the Chairs of the Taskforce to ask them if the FSU could be involved in the Taskforce and they said no.
Despite this the FSU will write a submission to the Taskforce to make sure our members’ views are on the official record and so the people most affected by these closures and any future closures can have a voice.
We know that a branch closure can be devastating for the worker’s losing their jobs and people in the local community who have lost a service and who must drive for hours to access bank services.
Please fill in this short survey (below) and share your stories as a worker in a regional setting.
Your individual details will remain confidential with only general comments forming part of the FSU submission.
Please feel free to forward this email onto your colleagues in your workplace, or to others you know working in your local area.
If you’re not already a member, you can join our FSU community here.
Your FSU Team.