Small steps at BNZ create a big team

Some of the Finsec team at BNZ Blenheim - Nadeem, Judy, Louise, Andrew, MichelleA few months ago BNZ Blenheim’s long serving Finsec delegate left after years with the bank. Sometimes when this happens nobody is willing to take up the responsibility and work of being a delegate. And without a delegate that branch slowly loses its union strength, and ability to change things. Initially Finsec members at BNZ Blenheim felt the same way. Nobody wanted to take on the role of being delegate.

Andrew Turner, a Finsec member at the branch described what happened next:

“We all wandered around asking ‘Who is going to be the delegate?’ Then luckily a couple of the girls said ‘Why don’t we do it as a team?‘, which they did. And it has worked really well. I guess they have got a little more support and have not had to do it all on their own. People are happy to share the responsibility.”

So Louise Whitmarsh-Everiss and Judy Brownlie became the delegates. But the branch members didn’t stop there. Next they started to recruit. Andrew Turner describes this:

“We pulled three new people into Finsec. Basically we saw those ‘100 aesthetic changes’ the bank was proposing. We’re trying to make sure we don’t lose the benefits we have. And we’ve been quite understaffed for quite a while. We saw the drive to get everyone on board so we can go for the Better Banks situation. Within the branch now there is definitely a feeling of worth being in the union.”

Andrew has hopes that Finsec members can win some small but significant changes this year:

“Small bites are an achievable option. A little bit here and a little bit there adds up to a sizable portion.”

Which also describes the BNZ team at Blenheim pretty well too.

(thanks to the team at BNZ Blenheim for the photo)

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