Bank CEOs urge staff to back COVIDSafe app

Among the largest employers in Australia, the major bank CEOs will “personally encourage” their staff to follow their example and download the COVIDSafe app.

On Sunday, Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh said the COVIDSafe app was an important part of the government’s plan to reopen the economy and relax restrictions on community movement.

“CEOs of Australian banks will download the COVIDSafe app and, to protect staff and customers, encourage their staff to do the same,” Bligh said.

The app was launched on Sunday and concerns around privacy remain.

According to National Australia Bank CEO Ross McEwan said he intends to download the app and will send a not to the bank’s 34,000 employees about its release.

“There is clearly still a long way to go but improvements in contact tracing methods, further development of this app, and more testing of those with symptoms will be important to providing the confidence to slowly loosen restrictions while preserving progress on the health front,” McEwan said.

ANZ under fire

In separate news, on Sunday the Finance Sector Union of Australia said it had received large number of complaints from ANZ staff who say the bank is treating them unfairly by demanding they take leave during the coronavirus shutdown.

FSU National Secretary Julia Angrisano said the push to reduce staff leave to less than four weeks breached the FSU/ANZ Enterprise Agreement.

She noted that this week Australia’s banks had agreed to staff a hotline for customers to call to access bridging finance so they can pay their workers under the Federal Government’s Job Keeper program.

“If ANZ pushes forward with its policy of putting large numbers of staff on leave it will mean less attention given to small business customers at a time when they need their bank the most.”

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