Following a meeting with senior management in Bank of Ireland Northern Ireland last Thursday (July 21st), the Financial Services Union has welcomed the support from both the public and local politicians for the Union’s campaign to resist the eight branch closures.
Following the meeting Larry Broderick, General Secretary of the Financial Services Union, said:
“At the meeting last Thursday Bank of Ireland management confirmed that the decision to close the branches was strategic and not related to the performance / profitability of the local branches.
“The Union has called on the Bank to reconsider its proposals as negotiations with the Union have commenced.
“The Union has welcomed the Bank’s commitment that if redundancies are required they will be voluntary and staff impacted will be redeployed or transferred in line with the agreement the Union has with the Bank.”
Mr Broderick added:
“I have now written to the First Minister and deputy First Minister outlining the Union’s concern that unless banks in Northern Ireland take heed of customer and staff needs, the development could have implications for other branches and, in particular, Northern Ireland’s rural community.”
Meetings are planned with Northern Ireland Government ministers in the coming weeks.