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CPS Credit Union Merger

By jude - 5 May 2005 2

Our Community CPS credit union in the ACT is now proposing to merge with the largest credit union in South Australia, with the stated objective of creating a larger, and financially stronger, organisation. Is everyone happy about this?

I don’t know about others, but I joined the CPS precisely because it was a local cooperative-type financial organisation. This means that Canberrans actually do have a say in what the organisation does, unlike the case with, say, banks that seem to do nothing but try to gouge the maximum profit out of customers. I have seen that complaints and CPS general meetings actually do have some (albeit limited) effect. For example, some fee increases that would have particularly affected lower-income members were modified, and the Community CPS did eventually act on members’ concerns by giving some rebates for fees for those with longer membership.

Once membership is distributed between the ACT and SA, with the AGM rotated between the two, it will be so easy for management to ignore both comunitities. Banks serve a constant reminder that, past a certain point, ‘bigger’ usually means less accountability to local communities.

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CPS Credit Union Merger
johnboy 11:56 pm 05 May 05

a good thing for management is not the same as a good thing for customers or staff.

this is a case where rather than asking “why not” the members should be demanding a bloody solid reason why.

Canberra_unsung_hero 11:23 pm 05 May 05

Yeah..I’m a member of CPS,and I’m not sure if this merger is a good thing or not….despite the fact that the Credit Union assures us it is !

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