The announcement of 246 job losses at Royal Bank of Scotland, as a result of two centre closures and the reduction in numbers at another site, is unnecessary and avoidable says the banking union.
Unite, the union which represents staff at the bank, views the decision to cut 246 mainly clerical staff from London and Hornchurch as a tragic loss that will bring devastating consequences for the workforces at those sites.
The centre closure at the Great Tower Street site will see 81 permanent roles at risk, the centre closure at the Hornchurch site will place 132 permanent roles at risk, with a further proposed reduction of 33 roles at another Central London site.
Dominic Hook, Unite national officer said: “The decision to close these key Royal Bank of Scotland centres is a tragic loss of skills and expertise for the bank. 246 staff, many of who are long serving employees of the bank, have been told that RBS is moving their job due to the cost of the office space and as a result of the Williams & Glyn’s operational site strategy.
“These job losses are entirely unnecessary and avoidable. The work that is done at these centres is still needed. Staff will be recruited in other parts of the country in order to do the work currently undertaken at these sites. While RBS state that they are committed to identifying redeployment opportunities, these do not appear to be viable geographical alternatives.
“Unite is urging RBS to reconsider these centre closures and reductions. Staff will question why this restructuring has been announced when there is still a need for this work to be undertaken. The workload of these staff has not diminished.”
RBS has given Unite a commitment to do everything possible to avoid any compulsory job losses. The bank will now need to be extremely creative to ensure that staff are found suitable local employment or in supporting redeployment to other geographical sites.
For more information please contact: Saba Edwards, senior Unite communications officer on: 07768 693 953
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.