Unite, the country’s largest union, demanded answers after the Royal Bank of Scotland announced today (Tuesday 15 July) that 63 jobs from its Business Banking Support Unit in Brighton would be offshored to the bank’s operations in India at the expense of the local economy.
Workers who will lose their jobs to a vicious cost-cutting measure are mostly support staff with years of experience and ties to the Brighton community.
RBS, which is 82 per cent owned by the UK taxpayer, received a £46 billion government bailout in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bank has cut 30,000 jobs since 2008 and has projected to lose many more following a massive restructuring programme that is currently underway after full-year losses to the tune £8.2 billion.
Unite national officer Rob MacGregor said: “We were told when the losses were announced in February that the bank would be slimmed down to be more UK- focused and that it would place greater emphasis on the UK consumer.
“But here we are five months later and the bank is taking jobs out of the UK and sending them to India. There are indications that this maybe the start of a programme of continued offshoring.
“This decision by RBS is a clear kick in the teeth to the loyal and experienced workforce in Brighton, as well as an assault on UK taxpayers who bailed out the bank.”
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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.