Commenting on the news that Stephen Hester has announced his resignation this evening (12 June), Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: "This will certainly come as a shock for staff and it's likely to cause concern in call centres, branches and back offices up and down the country. Unite will be demanding an urgent meeting with RBS management because staff must not be left in the dark over the future direction of the bank.
"With over 30,000 job losses over the last five years and major stress for RBS staff there is likely to be a lot of anger over Stephen Hester's tax-payer funded multi-million pound exit package.
"After years of uncertainty it's time the bank and the government ensured that people and communities come first, not private profit. The government has the opportunity to shape RBS into a bank that serves the people. It can not afford to miss this opportunity."
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.