|Issue No 17||11 June 1999|
Workers Choose: Key Ballot in Finance Sector
A ballot for a non-union deal in a finance company could be the trigger for an assault on wages across the banking sector.
The Finance Sector Union is promoting a "no" vote within AGC, the finance company wholly owned by Westpac, in a deal which it believes will have implications for the whole industry.
All banks have a finance company offshoot -- but Westpac is the only one which doesn't offer finance company employees the same pay and conditions as their own workers.
When the FSU approached the bank to bring conditions into line for AGC staff --some of whom wear Westpac uniforms and deal with the public as Westpac employees -- the bank came back with its own non-union deal.
It locks in lower conditions for three years and would create a new bottom line for all wage negotiations within the bank.
The FSU is campaigning during the ballot -- which runs from June 9 to June 28 -- with pamphlets and polling, and is quietly confident of success, with a recent poll showing majority opposition to the deal.
More importantly, membership within AGC is growing from the mere handful who were employees at the start of the negotiations.
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