Finsec to challenge Westpac’s offer to non-members

Finsec will be legally challenging the 3.85% offer Westpac made last week to non-union staff on the basis that it discriminates against union members, is a breach of good faith and confers an unlawful preference on non-union staff.

Finsec members received a 2.25% pay increase from August 1 and will receive a 1.75% increase on 1 April next year. However the bank has given non-members a 3.85% pay increase, which over the term of the collective agreement gives non-members slightly more money.

“We couldn’t take the bank’s decision to show a preference to non-members lying down,” said Finsec Campaigns Director Andrew Campbell.

“Union members really fought for our pay increase this year. The bank originally made no offer at all and getting the pay increase we eventually did required two rounds of mediation. For non-members just to get offered more straight off the bat shows clear discrimination and preference to them from that bank. We think that is unlawful,” said Andrew.

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