Three more aesthetic changes from BNZ

BNZ Union CouncilHere’s another three aesthetic changes that BNZ would like to make to the collective employment agreement, this time relating to leave.

  1. The bank proposes employees will be required to have domestic leave approved in advance by your manager, and the existing discretion for managers to agree to more than 10 days be removed.
  2. The bank is seeking the right to require employees to work on public holidays.
  3. And in the event that it cannot reach an agreement with you about when you will take your annual leave the bank is seeking the ability to require you to take annual after 14 days notice.

It seems ironic that the bank is looking for the ability to make people take annual leave given that between the 2005 and 2006 financial years the number of annual leave days taken were down 20.5% or 3.5 days per employee (Taken from the NAB corporate social responsibility report).  Finsec believes that employees are not able to take as much annual leave because of overwork and understaffing so forcing them to take it will only mask underlying problem.  Our solution is twofold – first we want an automatic review when a staff member leaves to ensure they get replaced. Second we want to launch a bank-wide staffing review that examines the bank’s staffing model and looks to see how additional staff and additional relief/cover can be made available.

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