Westpac have announced plans to permanently shut the doors on another three branches across their retail network, axing 13 more jobs.
This latest announcement by Westpac comes hot on the heels of their announcement in July to close eleven branches from across its retail network. Your Union is very concerned that this is starting to become a trend.
We know a number of groups in the community, including the elderly and business sector, value the branches and they are likely to see these closures as a short-sighted decision that will harm the local area. Australians deserve access to essential services such as banks.
FSU calls on Westpac to maximise redeployment opportunities for impacted staff and consult with workers, communities and the FSU about the future of its branch network.
The Westpac branches identified for closure are:
- Beerwah (QLD)
- Southern Cross (WA)
- Dandenong Lonsdale St Branch (VIC)
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 2016 (EA), sets out your rights and entitlements, including what steps Westpac must undertake in consulting you about the proposed branch closures.
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.
If you and your colleagues are impacted, make sure you have all the facts. FSU members can access our Member Rights Centre on 1300 366 378.
Finance Sector Union
Ph: 1300 366 378
Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary