Bankflation: The Big Four Banks Are Worsening The Cost Of Living Crisis

Published: Tue 26 Sep 2023 06:54 AM
WHAT: ActionStation and FIRST Union are launching a campaign to deal with the issue of ‘Bankflation’, alongside the release of a short briefing paper into the matter. There will be a mobile billboard posted at Takutai Square. Bank workers will be joining the public launch of the ‘Stop Bankflation!’ campaign, which highlights bank profits during the cost-of-living crisis.
WHEN/ WHERE: Tuesday 26th September, 12:15pm, Takutai Square, Auckland CBD
WHY: The briefing document explains the key information on bankflation and its impact on workers and customers.
"The cumulative profits of the Big Four banks have increased 80 percent in the last decade. Over that period, average annual profit increases have been running at triple the rate of the wage increases negotiated in collective agreements," said Edward Miller, FIRST Union Researcher and Policy Analyst.
"As workers grapple with a cost-of-living crisis, NZ banks’ net interest margins - the difference between lending and borrowing rates - have risen to a 17-year high, generating superprofits for offshore shareholders."
"While political parties quibble over government spending, the Big Four banks are quietly raking in mega profits off the backs of their own staff and customers. They appear to be benefitting from our primary policy response to quell inflation, sustaining the cost of living crisis. Their profits are literally our crisis, and there are still no solid solutions in sight," said Kassie Hartendorp, Executive Director of ActionStation Aotearoa.

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