Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has accused the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks of turning their backs on communities in England and Scotland with the closure of 28 bank branches.
The company has used the opportunity to pull out of a number of local communities in Scotland and England by utilising lease breaks. The retail network currently comprises 320 branches, of which 176 belong to the Yorkshire bank and 144 to Clydesdale.
The bank is also creating six new flagship branches which will contain a large amount of automated machines but a recent poll for Unite by independent pollsters Survation showed that people still have reservations about automation in bank branches, and almost three quarters (72 per cent of people) want the human touch as well as a machine.
Unite national officer Rob Macgregor said: “The bank is cutting costs and eroding community banking which we believe leaves customers with less choice.
“Customers are being shortchanged by high street banks replacing counter staff with machines, yet our own poll showed nearly three quarters of people want the human touch, not just a machine in their local bank branch.
“Unite will oppose compulsory redundancies and we expect the company to do everything possible to make redeployment an option and allow workers to move to neighbouring branches wherever possible.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes for editors:
The branches listed below will close completely by the end of December 2014.
Clydesdale: Aberdeen Bridge of Don, Alford, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Bothwell, Bridge of Allan, Aberdeen Bucksburn, Cupar, Edinburgh West End, Glasgow Govanhill, Haddington, Kinross, Kirkcaldy, Newport on Tay, Whitburn, Aberdeen Woodside.
Yorkshire: Bingley, Bradford Toller Lane, Goldthrope, Heywood, Hull Bransholme, Leeds Armley, Littleborough, Ripley, Scunthorpe Ashby, Sheffield Haymarket, Sheffield The Moor, Thirsk.
Six new flagship branches will be opened in London, Piccadilly; Glasgow, Head Office; Aberdeen, St Nicholas; Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh.
Unite is Britain an
d Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.