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Keep Australian jobs in Australia


A draft proposal to senior management outlines plans to sack 340 staff at ANZ's Mulgrave call centre and a further 250 in South Melbourne, but ANZ spokesman Stephen Ries says no decision has been made.

The jobs would move to the Philippines and New Zealand.

Finance Sector Union national secretary Leon Carter says the bank is so profitable it can afford to keep all its local staff.
"They do not need to send these job overseas to be profitable," Mr Carter told reporters in Sydney.

He said the Commonwealth Bank does not send jobs offshore and remains Australia's biggest and most profitable bank.

"(ANZ) continues to sacrifice our members' jobs, not because it improves customer service, not because it makes anything better, but simply to continue to get a bump in their share price."

Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said ANZ owed it to its workers and Victorians to reveal the future of the call-centre jobs.
"It's an absolute obscenity that ANZ posted a $3.2 billion half-year profit but apparently Victoria is not a good enough place to do business," Mr Andrews said.
The bank says it is looking at efficiencies during a time of low growth and as customers change they way they do their banking.
"No decision has been made, nor will there be a decision in the near future," Mr Ries said.

Mr Carter said Australian banks have sent about 7000 Australian jobs offshore in the past six years, and it's likely the trend will continue, especially with ANZ.
Mr Andrews has criticised Premier Denis Napthine - who is in South-East Asia for a trade mission - for his inaction over Victoria's recent spate of large-scale job losses.

"When it comes to employment the premier does nothing when he's in the country, I would expect he's done even less off on a trade mission somewhere," Mr Andrews said.

Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the government could not direct the decisions of individual companies, and noted there were 11,400 jobs created in the state last month.

He said Victoria's current 5.4 per cent unemployment rate was the second lowest in the country.

The government has announced a new $14.7 million emergency services infrastructure program in Dandenong that will create 310 construction jobs.
Indonesian telecommunications company Telkom is to open its first Australian office in Melbourne.
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