Petition launch at parliament a great success

Finsec held a media conference in the Beehive on Tuesday as part of the handover of our job security petition – a venue normally reserved for government media conferences only.

Green MP Sue Bradford hosted the event, which was also addressed by Labour MP Trevor Mallard and a supportive statement from Jim Anderton was read out (he couldn’t attend due to illness).

A fired-up Finsec Deputy President Maxine Mullen had a particular message for Bill English “stop siding with bank CEOs and do more to protect local jobs.” Maxine said Bill English needs to meet with Finsec members and look at options for protecting jobs rather than say he won’t meet with us.

Finsec General Secretary Andrew Casidy criticised the major banks’ inaction after the job summit and said other Governments across the globe have asked a lot more of their banks than ours has.

Andrew Casidy said tax payers are underwriting the operation of our banks to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars and urged the Government to listen and act before inaction leads to more workers being forced into unemployment.

To read Maxine and Andrew’s speeches go to http://www.finsec.org.nz

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