Making real worked hours permanent hours

Robert Morgan1 in 7 staff employed under the collective agreement at ANZ National are casuals or temps. Some people are happy to be in short term casual or temporary work. And that’s fine. Finsec doesn’t want to change that.

But others are having their casual or temporary contracts rolled over so they are effectively working permanently for the bank, but not receiving the benefits and job security of permanent employment. Employing staff as casuals is cheaper for the bank.

Finsec believes the bank’s use of casuals masks a lack of permanent full time staff. We can all benefit through more permanent staff. According to KPMG’s Annual Financial Institution Performance Report last year ANZ National’s total FTE staff count decreased by 138 staff. At the same time the average operating income per employee increased by $12,000 to $310,000. That means more workload.

Finsec’s plan for negotiations 2007 is to instigate a review of the last six months of all part time and casual staff and measure how many hours each person is doing. At the end of that review all casual staff, and temps who have contracts rolled over, who average more than 7.5 hours per week, will be be able to move to permanent positions with that average as their minimum contracted hours.

And all part time staff who average more hours than their contracted hours will be able to have their contracted hours moved up to their average.

This means that nobody will lose any hours, part time, casual and temporary workers will all receive more job security and better employment conditions, and people will be paid for the hours they work.

The goal this year is to make real worked hours permanent hours. This creates job security, increases the total hours worked in the bank, and is the first step to resolving understaffing.

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