Flexible Work Long Overdue in Banks

kedgley_s.jpgFinsec is welcoming the passage of the Flexible Working Arrangements Bill and is looking forward to seeing real improvements in work / life balance for bank staff.

The new legislation establishes a new employment right which will allow any employee with responsibilities to care for children, dependent or disabled adults, or whanau, to seek to vary their hours or place of work.

Workers can ask to change their start and finish times, adjust their work hours, work compressed hours, seek to work from home or request any other flexible arrangement that will help them meet their other commitments. Employers must take these requests seriously and try to accommodate them.

“In our industry, flexible work arrangements are not a reality for most employees. Greater access to flexible working arrangements will allow a better fit of work, family and other commitments and is an important step in creating ‘Better Banks’ in New Zealand,” said Andrew Casidy, Finsec General Secretary.

Finsec said the change provides a real challenge to employers to adapt to the new legislation and start making it work, and that unions would be working with employers to ensure a smooth transition to more flexible working arrangements.

“We look forward to working with the banks to ensure requests for flexible arrangements are being handled properly,” said Casidy. “We will be looking for evidence that work structures are changing to ensure the spirit of the new law is fully implemented on the ground.”

Hundreds of Finsec members signed letters supporting the bill and some members participated in a survey that was used to demonstrate the need for flexible working arrangements.

Finsec is a member of the Coalition for Flexible Work and has actively supported Sue Kedgley’s Bill. The union congratulates her on this important step for workers and their families.

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