Unite, the country’s largest union, has expressed alarm at news today (Tuesday 24 March) that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will be offshoring further jobs to India and Poland.
The announcement that jobs are to be offshored from the Operations Shared Services and Payments functions, resulting in work being lost from across the UK, was described as “unjustified” by Unite which represents staff at the taxpayer funded bank.
Rob MacGregor Unite national officer said: “News that Royal Bank of Scotland is moving yet more jobs abroad will be badly received by the workforce. It is unjustified that the majority taxpayer owned bank is exporting jobs abroad and cutting staff across the UK.
“Unite is calling on RBS to reconsider the offshoring of these clerical jobs to India and Poland. The staff who have today been told that their roles are to be offshored tend to be low paid and performing important back office functions for the institution. RBS should rethink these announcements for the sake of their staff and their UK reputation.”
RBS has around 12,000 employees in India, which is roughly equivalent to one fifth of the UK workforce. There are 1,500 people working for RBS in Poland on processing work.
Already over 30,000 jobs have been cut from across RBS since the bailout in 2008. RBS is still 80 per cent taxpayer owned following the 2008 bailout.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Saba Edwards on: 07768 693 953.
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.