Union sympathy and support for people of Canterbury

The thoughts of all Finsec members around the country will be with those suffering the impact of the earthquake in Christchurch this week. We want to express our sympathy and support for Finsec members effected by the earthquake, and in particular to those who have lost or missing loved ones.

We also note that workers from our industry were affected in the devastation at the Pyne Gould Guinness Buildings. Our thoughts are with everyone at Marsh Inc and Pyne Corporation.

The major banks have already taken several positive steps to support their staff and have kept Finsec informed about these. If you’re in Christchurch and you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 0800 FINSEC and we’ll get on to them for you. And of course, there is help available from the government helpline, 0800 779 997.

We will also endeavour to plan another members’ meeting to discuss the longer term impacts, as we did in the wake of the September earthquake.

The Council of Trade Unions is also taking an active role in supporting working people in Christchurch. CTU President Helen Kelly said that while the focus currently was on the injured as well as the rescue effort, that there will be many other issues.

“We will work with the Government and business community to support enterprises and workers on issues such as any loss of jobs, business interruption, health and safety, ACC, welfare payments, pay, leave, relocation and counselling.” Helen Kelly said that unions recognise we all need to work together as a nation at this time.


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