Westpac workers in Australia need our help

ACTU Your Rights at WorkNearly 500 jobs and the personal details of thousands of Australian bank customers could be sent offshore if Westpac outsources work to India this week.

485 staff at a Westpac service centre in Western Sydney are nervously awaiting the outcome of a review of their positions. Westpac started a closed-door review of the Transactions and Unsecured Lending staff almost 6 weeks ago, and are expected to announce their decision this week.

Many of the 485 staff have worked for Westpac all their working lives, some for as many as thirty years. Westpac has not promised that staff who lose their jobs will be redeployed.

Based in Sydney’s west, the staff oversee a secure service centre which houses sensitive customer and business data from the 632 Westpac banks across Australia. Worryingly, sending their jobs offshore could compromise the data of the bank’s customers – among whom is Prime Minister John Howard.

Tell Westpac: keep bank jobs and data in Australia.

Further resources:
Westpac’s offshore data plan a threat to 500 jobs, SMH
Jobs for sale in a free-trade world, SMH
Concord members take a stand for their jobs, Finance Sector Union

(Story and photo from the ACTU)


3 Responses to “Westpac workers in Australia need our help”

  1. 1 finsec 20 September, 2006 at 9:15 am

    “‘I can’t see how people who are experts at what they do can be replaced by untrained people in another country,’ she said.”

  1. 1 Bank workers want assurance of no New Zealand job outsourcing « …the gossip Trackback on 21 September, 2006 at 11:45 am
  2. 2 Aussie Workers force Westpac to turn back on India « …the gossip Trackback on 17 November, 2006 at 2:20 pm

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