ANZ employees go on strike over 'insecure' contracts

ANZ Bank employees across the country are set to go on strike today over new employment proposals they say will be highly disruptive to family life.

Staff across the country are walking off the job today over wages and working conditions. Source: 1 NEWS

A nationwide strike will see First Union members at ANZ in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and some smaller centres such as Oamaru and Palmerston North attending pickets, rallies and marches.

First Union say ANZ is proposing contracts where workers would only know month-to-month which days they would be working and what times they would start and finish.

"Bank staff have lives outside of their job," says First Union retail and finance secretary Maxine Gay

"They have childcare requirements, commitments to community, faith and sports groups...Chopping and changing hours may suit ANZ, but it does not work for workers."

Ms Gay says ANZ workers had been prepared to allow up to 20% of the workforce to be flexible, but management want every new worker to start on the "insecure" work contract.

The workers are also calling for a pay increase "significantly greater" than the 2-3% offered by management.