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ALLIANZ AUSTRALIA SLUGS WORKERS UNDER PROPOSED AGREEMENT
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FINANCE SECTOR UNION OF AUSTRALIA Monday, 5 December 2016
 
ALLIANZ AUSTRALIA SLUGS WORKERS UNDER PROPOSED AGREEMENT.
 
Allianz Australia has proposed a new Enterprise Agreement that will cut the salary of
some workers by up to $9595 a year.
 
The Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) has refused to endorse the proposed
agreement and is urging its members to vote “NO” when the flawed proposal goes to
a vote.
 
“Under this Agreement workers who finish between 6pm and 9pm in the evening are
financially worse off than they would be if covered by the Award,” said FSU National
Secretary Julia Angrisano.
 
“Call centre staff working day shift will have their pay cut by more than $6000 a
year.”
 
“It is outrageous that a global insurer like Allianz would even contemplate a pay cut
for workers and try to dress it up as a better deal for staff,” Ms Angrisano said.
 
“Allianz Australia shouldn’t be allowed to get away with maximising shareholder
value at the expense of call centre workers who work hard to handle customer claims
in the evenings”.
 
Ms Angrisano said Allianz was currently consulting its staff about the proposed
Agreement.
 
 
“We have already heard from Allianz staff who aren’t prepared to take a pay cut for
doing the same job as they are at the moment. Unless Allianz revises its position, it is
pretty clear what the staff are going to say. No-one wants to sign up for a pay cut.”
“It is extraordinary that Allianz can even expect Fair Work Australia to approve this
appalling agreement because it clearly does not pass the key test: whether or not
employees would be ‘better off overall’.”
 
The FSU had sought higher weekend and night shift loadings for Allianz staff which
the insurer has agreed to.
 
“But it is quite clear to employees in the call centres that a small number of workers
will still be worse off under Allianz’s proposed agreement.”
 
Ms Angrisano said the Fair Work Commission’s decision to terminate the Coles’
enterprise agreement once similar concerns were raised by a group of workers put
employers on notice that this type of exploitation would not be tolerated.
 
Unfortunately Allianz Australia has decided to push this Agreement through despite
concerns repeatedly being raised by the FSU about wages falling below the legal
minimum.
 
Media comment Julia Angrisano.
 
Media contact John Hill 0412197079
 
 
 
 
 
Contact Details
John Hill
Mob: 0412197079
john@mountainmedia.com.au

Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary
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