Unite, the country’s largest union, will be seeking an urgent meeting with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in order to obtain clarification from the bank on the announcement made today (Thursday 26 February) about “substantial restructuring” in the investment banking division.
Unite is deeply concerned about the impact that such a vague statement will have across the UK as administration and back office staff are once again facing uncertainty as yet another finance organisation attempts to demonstrate their cost cutting credentials.
Unite national officer for RBS Rob MacGregor said: “Unite is deeply concerned that the announcement today by RBS of further restructuring will unfairly impact low paid and administration staff within the investment banking division.
“Today’s announcement won’t leave the wealthy traders devastated and worried about how they pay their mortgages. It will be the worker in the back office earning £20,000 per year who now faces uncertainty about what the future holds.
“Already over 30,000 jobs have been cut from across RBS since the bailout in 2008. We now want a proper consultation period with Unite involving serious negotiations about how the business will be restructured.”
Royal Bank of Scotland is still 80% 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.