13 Sep 2011

ANZ reaffirms commitment to its workers in Fiji after being decreed an essential industry

2:23 pm on 13 September 2011

The ANZ Bank says its inclusion on the Fiji interim regime's list of essential national industries will not change its commitment to its workers.

Fiji's interim government has published the list of those enterprises which fall under a new employment law which restricts union activity in certain work places.

In a statement the bank's chief executive Norman Wilson said ANZ respects and complies with the laws of Fiji.

He said the bank takes its responsibilities to its employees seriously and it will continue to act in good faith with employees, unions and the government.

Mr Wilson says employees have been told the bank will act responsibly in light of developments and they will be consulted.

ANZ is one of four internationally-owned banks which were a surprise inclusion in the Essential National Industries Decree which has come under fire from unions and human rights groups.