Westpac backs down on lawyer interviews

We have some important news to share with you about the ongoing Unpaid Overtime Dispute at Westpac Lomond Contact Centre.

As you know, last year a group of us stood together to tell Westpac we were sick of starting work 20 or 30 minutes early, every day, to log on to our computers and read our emails and alerts, without being paid for our time. We raised a dispute with Westpac to make sure we get paid for all the hours we work.

And how did Westpac respond? Last week, they hired a top-tier law firm to individually interview staff involved in the dispute and ask us whether we had managerial approval for our overtime – even though we all know it’s simply expected of us. Westpac decided they would rather pay lawyers than simply pay us the overtime we know we’re owed.

Westpac’s decision was frustrating. Union members involved in the dispute met last week and decided that we would not allow Westpac to “divide and conquer” us. We began our fight to be paid for our overtime as a group, and we will continue to fight, together, to be paid for all the hours we work.

That’s why we responded to Westpac collectively, and stood up against their “divide and conquer” tactics. And we won. Westpac has backed down and the interviews with the lawyers will not go ahead!

When we stick together and support our colleagues, we win. We will not be intimidated or deterred for fighting for what is right.

Do you have questions or concerns about the unpaid overtime dispute at Lomond? FSU are offering a one-on-one chat with your union organisers, Gavin and Mandy to keep you informed about the dispute Book your chat here.

In Unity,

Sacha Hammersley
and your FSU Reps

Authorised by Julia Angrisano, National Secretary