Britain’s largest union, Unite, announced today (Friday 11 July) that it had secured promotions and pay rises of up to £600 a year for approximately 6,500 of the lowest paid branch staff working for Barclays bank.
The landmark agreement with Barclays, which will see the branch staff upgraded and receive an average pay rise of 2.8 percent, is part of the launch of the bank’s ‘Colleague of the Future’ programme which recognises the changing demands on staff who work in branches across the country.
The promotions and pay rise comes into effect in October this year.
Commenting, Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “The last few years have been difficult for Barclays branch staff, who have continued to deliver an exceptional service in challenging times. We have seen jobs lost and the remaining staff having to do much more.
“This welcome move by Barclays recognises the changes in the role of branch staff and represents the achievement of a long standing goal by Unite to ensure staff get the recognition they deserve.
“Coming on top of Barclays’ agreement to adopt the national living wage, the move demonstrates the benefits that trade union membership can achieve for the lowest paid.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 07967 665869.
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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.