ANZ National gets flexible

FlexiblityANZ National Bank has recently shared the claims it will be making at collective employment negotiations in a few days’ time. Interestingly the bank has framed several of them in the language of flexible work hours. For instance these two:

Hours of work: The bank proposes that where an employee requests to work additional hours or varied start and finish times which are outside of their normal working hours, overtime will not be paid. However where the bank requests an employee to work extra hours of work they will be paid overtime.

6th and 7th day work: The bank proposes where an employee volunteers to work in a branch that is open over the weekend they will be paid their normal rate, and not double time. However, if the bank requires them to work the weekend, they will be paid a minimum of four hours at double time (T2).

Well, the first implication from all that is don’t try to be helpful by volunteering to do work, eh? Better to be made to do something later than volunteer early and be paid less.

The bank has said the above proposals are, in part, a commitment to facilitate flexible work practices where practicable. Which is interesting because Finsec considers that the real test of flexible working hours is the ability to do less hours, to spend more time with family friends and community, without suffering financially. The bank’s proposal seems to be a way to ‘let’ workers spend more time away from their home life without being paid any cash that comes with overtime and weekends. Which will be great for those millionaire tellers who are trying to avoid uncouth in-laws. But who is the bank trying to help with this move towards flexible work; workers pay packets or bank profits?

(thanks to Roadsidepictures for the photo)


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