BNZ proposals more than just aesthetic?

BNZThe BNZ wrote to Finsec recently with a list of over one hundred changes to the collective agreement proposes making to the collective agreement before negotiations. It said these proposals were:

“aesthetic changes to the CEA this year outside of those claims which may change the substantive terms. This is really just ‘look and feel’ type changes which will not impact on the effect of the document but will make it much more user friendly for all of us, and your members”.

Finsec subsequently examined the proposed changes. Following this analysis we believe that many of the changes are substantive rather than aesthetic.

For instance, one such change is to the Leave clause. The bank has also included a new right to compel staff to work on public holidays.

Furthermore we believe that many of the proposed changes either worsen the existing terms and conditions in the collective employment agreement or place a number of other provisions at risk due to the possibility of repeal of relevant laws.

For instance under the parental leave clause specific reference to the entitlement is removed. Instead, the collective agreement refers to the entitlement under the relevant Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. What would happen if the Act were repealed or made worse in the future?

Finsec has discussed this with the bank and agreed to enter into a process with them to identify which proposals may be significant and which are not. However we have made it clear that we cannot agree to any changes which result in terms or conditions being made worse.

Any significant changes would need to happen through negotiation and be voted on by members.

However, to convince the bank that they do not want these changes made to their collective agreement BNZ members need to show the bank that they are united. That means that bank needs to see a large turnout at the upcoming paid union meetings during 16-27 July.

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