How you can support striking ANZ workers

9 Oct

Tomorrow (Friday) FIRST Union members at ANZ are going on strike, speaking out against bank proposals that would be highly disruptive to family life. This update to CTU affiliates details how you can support FIRST Union members involved in the strike.

Information about the dispute is at the base of this page.

1 – Messages of solidarity If you wish, email a short message of solidarity to sam.huggard<mailto:sam.huggard> today or tonight and it will be read out at rallies tomorrow morning. Our members really appreciate this.

2 – Attend a picket There are pickets in the main centres, and smaller actions in regional areas. The details of the pickets are copied below. 3 – Online ANZ’s twitter handle is @anz_nz. Call on the bank on twitter to respect its staff and ensure workers have reliable hours they can plan their lives around. Or leave a message to that effect on its Facebook wall here<>

What’s the strike about?

The media release announcing the strike is here<>. ANZ is proposing contracts where workers would only know month by month which days, start and finish times they will be working. Workers are also seeking a better pay deal: the bank make a $1.37 billion profit last year but ANZ CEO David Hisco, who himself earns over $2,000 an hour, thinks that our request for what works out as an extra dollar an hour for most staff is too much!

Picket locations


Where: Rally starts at 9am at Britomart Transport Centre, then a march up Queen Street to ANZ branch at 205 Queen Street. When: 9am – 11am Contact: Maxine Gay 021 975 580; Jerome Mika 021 885 184


Where: Starts at Waikato TUC, then to ANZ, Cnr Bryce & Edward When: Gathering at Hamilton TUC, 34 Harwood Street at 9.15am and marching to ANZ Hamilton branch, corner Bryce & Victoria Streets Contact: Joyce Tui, 027 550 9326

Palmerston North

Where: ANZ Terrace End, 234 Ruahine St When: TBC – likely to be 4pm tomorrow (Friday). Dion will let Unions Manawatu know details tomorrow. Contact: Dion Martin, 021 994 998


Where: 8.30am: gather at ANZ, 49 Tory St. March starts 8.45am, arrives approx 9.30am outside ANZ corporate office, 1 Victoria Street (cnr Hunter & Victoria). Contact: Bella Pardoe 027 547 6685, Sam Huggard 021 462 148


Where: ANZ Addington Branch, 269 Lincoln Road, Addington, 8.30-10.30 When: 8.30-10.30am Contact: Diane Riley, 0275 222 073, Paul Watson, 021618395 Dunedin Where: ANZ, Cnr Hanover & George Streets When: 9am-10am Contact: Shirley Walthew 021 618 394


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