The Commonwealth Bank can’t handle people who want to put money into their accounts. The Bank closed its Chinatown branch in downtown Sydney at lunchtime today when around 30 customers tried to deposit money in an account set up to support low-paid retail cleaners.
United Voice Clean Start activist, Alex Morales, said union members were “staggered” when the bank shut its doors and called police as people tried to make deposits.
“We were all locked inside,” he said, “it’s a strange world when they won’t let you deposit money into your own bank account. They threatened to close our account and the police informed us if we tried to go back into the branch we would be trespassing.”
Clean Start activists had made their own deposit slips for today’s action because the CAN Bank can't, or won't, provide that service for customers.
The Commonwealth Bank is a major owner of Australian shopping centres through its CFS asset management arm.
United Voice members involved in the Clean Start campaign are urging the bank to take responsibility for the treatment of low-paid cleaners employed at its glamour retail properties.
The Bank has refused to commit to Clean Start which aims to provide cleaners with a living wage and employment security.
You can support retail cleaners by showing the bank you care. Visit the Commonwealth Bank and deposit five cents into this account: Australians for a Living Wage for CommBank Cleaners, Inc. BSB 064131. Account Number 10420474
Only go in numbers if you are willing to be locked inside your branch, refused service or are comfortable dealing with the constabulary.