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Commonwealth Bank Ignores Staff Choice Arch Bevis - Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations

Media Statement - 1 September 2000

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Labor Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Arch Bevis, today condemned the Commonwealth Bank for its decision to force its 28,000 staff onto Peter Reith's secret individual contracts.

"This is just the latest case of an employer requiring staff to accept Peter Reith's secret individual contracts on a take it or leave it basis. Commonwealth bank workers have made it quite clear that they want a union negotiated collective agreement. However bank management have decided to ignore the wishes of the majority of staff, by offering individual contracts and withdrawing from collective negotiations.

"In the last decade bank staff have faced constant threats to their job security with massive staff cuts and branch closures - the offer by management of 'take it or leave it' individual contracts continues this trend.

"This is just another example of Peter Reith's biased and divisive industrial laws at work. Labor is opposed to the growing practice of employers ignoring the wishes of their employees, and supports the abolition of Reith's individual contracts.

"Commonwealth Bank management should reconsider this decision and negotiate a collective agreement with the union in an effort to achieve a fair and reasonable outcome for all staff," said Mr Bevis.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.