Election Gossip: we don’t want to lose what we have

The Gossip has been talking to ExCo member Graham Lee, from ANZ Huapai about the upcoming election.

Graham says he remembers the 90s as a time of greater conflict between staff and the banks, and that this conflict was made even more difficult because the government was firmly on the bank’s side. “It was a hard time to work for a big business, because government would take up the case of big business against individuals or workers and our unions.”

“Things are far from perfect now,” says Graham. “Many of us are very unhappy about the outcomes of negotiations and the way the bank treats staff. But it is much easier to get the support of the public today than it was in the 90s when you were fighting the government too.”

Graham says its his experience that New Zealanders are sometimes too easygoing and will put up with treatment that they’re not happy about at work, but they will push back when things get really bad as they did in the 90s.  “We can’t lose what we’ve gained, what people fought so hard for when times were tough.  I don’t want to see us get our rights at work completely trampled on before we decide to fight back.”

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