Protest action by bank workers suspended

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 Plans for protest action by members of staff at the Global Bank of Commerce have been suspended following a meeting between the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) and the bank’s management on Wednesday.

 The ABWU had indicated that workers would protest  as they felt disrespected by representatives from the bank during recent negotiations.

“The union finds the bank’s action to be extremely disrespectful to not only the employees and their representatives, who were ready to discuss the longstanding matters, but also [disrespectful to] the office of the Labour Commissioner. The union also views the behavior of the bank to be disingenuous and goes against the principle of good industrial relations to the loyal staff who continue to work diligently,” said ABWU’s Industrial relations officer Fernando Samuels during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the union, the bank failed to provide an update on issues that were put on hold following initial talks which ended on April 30, 2018.

The Antigua Observer reports that the union was scheduled to  meet with bank staff concerning their next move following the press conference, but the bank’s call to the union put that meeting on hold.

On the discussion table for the two parties were, among other things, issues relating to staff training, hours of work, overtime, maternity leave, study leave and salaries.

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