EBS staff vote for strike over unpaid bonus
STAFF at state-owned mortgage lenders EBS have voted to hold a one-day strike in protest at the bank's failure to make a bonus payment dating back to 2011.
Members of the Unite trade union representing 300 mainly headquarters workers at EBS, now part of nationalised AIB Group, voted in favour of the action at a meeting in Dublin. The strike will go ahead if union demands are not met by Monday.
It is understood the strike will include pickets at some AIB and EBS branches. This is despite the fact that most union staff at AIB are members of the IBOA bank workers union, while branch staff at EBS are employees of franchise holders and not AIB Group.
At the heart of the dispute is a bonus payment, the "13-month", that was paid to staff at the EBS before it was bailed out and merged with AIB.
In April, the Labour Court ruled the payment should be discontinued but said a bonus that had been due in 2011, half of which was paid, should be honoured in full by AIB.
Unite members voted to hold off on any action until at least next week to allow further time to resolve the dispute.