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ANZ keeps 590 jobs onshore

Workers from ANZ (ASX: ANZ) have rallied together to fight a proposal to send 590 call centre jobs offshore.

The job cuts, uncovered in a leaked document earlier this year, were intended to send jobs from the company’s Mulgrave office to Thailand and New Zealand. After backlash from the community and workers however ANZ was compelled to keep the jobs local. As a result workers will now be moved to ANZ’s South Melbourne offices.

Finance Sector Union spokeswoman Leanne Shingles yesterday said, “It was a concerted effort from the workers at ANZ and they are certainly celebrating their very successful campaign today with the news that 590 jobs are to remain here in Australia.”

ANZ, who is heavily focused on expanding throughout Asia, has hinted at moving many jobs into areas which would be more strategic for the group. According to The Age, the Finance Union previously described CEO Mike Smith as one of the most aggressive “offshorers” among the big four banks.

Ms Shingles said none of the jobs are headed offshore and added, “This is a very significant moment for finance workers who have been under threat of offshore for many years, we’ve seen more than 6000 jobs go offshore in recent years.”

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