Over the last ten days Westpac has announced plans to shed 54 technology jobs from its operations. The announcements come just days after Westpac responded to FSU’s correspondence raising concerns about media speculation that Westpac were planning to reduce costs and review their operations. Westpac have denied they have a specific goal to reduce staff numbers, but have confirmed they will continue to review their operations.
Staff deserve to have job security. Westpac must do more to skill up their workforce for the jobs of the future, and maximise redeployment opportunities.
Are you Impacted?
If you are impacted and want to retain a role, speak up as part of the consultation process currently underway.
The Westpac Group Enterprise Agreement 2019 (EA), sets out your rights and entitlements, including what steps Westpac must undertake in consulting you about the proposed changes.
The agreement provisions include:
- Genuine consultation periods to consider members’ feedback about proposed changes;
- Measures Westpac will take to mitigate the adverse affect of the change;
- Fair redeployment process that includes access to case managers and consideration of employee preferences.
Being asked to do more with less staff – what you can do
During the consultation period make sure you speak up about any concerns you and your colleagues may have – Westpac is obliged to consider your ideas and provide responses before a final decision is made.
When providing your feedback on the proposed change, some things you should consider are how the proposed change will impact work flow, quality of service provided, and workloads.
If you are impacted make sure you get all the facts. You can:
- Speak to your FSU Workplace Rep or Organiser
- Join the FSU online today at www.fsunion.org.au
- Arrange to hold a workplace meeting to discuss the impact on you and your colleagues
- Contact our Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378 to get further information and advice