Photo call and press release
DATE: Thursday 18 May
TIME: 9.15 am – 11 am
LOCATION: SEC Armadillo, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW 

Protest at Lloyds AGM over management attack on vulnerable staff

New scheme disproportionally impacts women, carers and the disabled working at Lloyds Banking Group.

Staff from Lloyds Banking Group will stage a protest (Thursday 18 May) outside the bank’s AGM in Glasgow. This is in response to a management attack on the working conditions of its most vulnerable staff.

The bank currently operates compressed working arrangements for staff. The compressed hours scheme at present supports staff with caring responsibilities by enabling them to work flexibly.

However, in April Lloyds Banking Group introduced a pilot scheme in some business areas involving 4,000 workers which prevents staff working these agreed flexible work patterns.

Unite has branded the management “out of touch” and is demanding that the bank withdraws the pilot scheme immediately. The protest outside the Annual General Meeting in Glasgow calls the move a “backwards step”, which will disproportionally impact women, carers and the disabled.

Sharon Graham, Unite General Secretary said: “Unite members are saying clearly that Lloyds Banking Group must drop this ill-conceived pilot which grievously disadvantages women, carers and disabled staff working at the bank.

“The scheme means increased childcare and family costs during a cost of living crisis and it will badly affect staff who need to work compressed hours. The great fear is that a pilot is only a step away from an introduction of such changed working conditions.

“At a time when progressive employers are moving towards modern ways of working, it is appears that LBG management are well out of touch.”

Unite has launched a collective grievance against this pilot to make sure the concerns of staff are heard loud and clear.

Unite is dedicated to advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will fight back against any efforts to diminish workers' living standards.


For media enquiries ONLY please contact Unite senior communications officer Saba Edwards 07768 693 953.

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.