Halifax faces strike as redundancy talks stall
Published 05/03/2010 | 05:00
HALIFAX branches face a strike threat ahead of their closure in two months after talks on a redundancy deal for 750 staff collapsed, writes Anne-Marie Walsh.
Unite, which represents staff at the branches that are part of Bank of Scotland Ireland, last night threatened that over 1,000 workers at the 44 branches and head office will take industrial action unless talks resume.
It also warned it may seek support from other unions in the financial services sector if redundancies are imposed.
Unite accused the bank of showing contempt for the workers by ending the talks. Discussions have been under way for three weeks since the bank announced it was closing the branch network last month.
Unite members at the bank -- including most of the 850 workers who do not face redundancy -- have voted in favour of industrial action.
The union said it must now prepare to act in "as strong a fashion as is needed" to make the bank "treat its Irish workers with dignity".
"The disregard the bank has shown for its workforce now sadly makes it more likely that such action will take place," said Unite's Brian Gallagher.