Bank of Eng­land staff strike for first time in 50 years

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Lon­don, UK - Staff at the Bank of Eng­land (BOE) be­gan a three day strike on Tues­day, the first at Bri­tain’s cen­tral bank in more than 50 years, as part of a dis­pute over pay.

Em­ploy­ees from the main­te­nance, se­cu­rity and front­line hos­pi­tal­ity de­part­ments walked out over what the Unite union said was a ‘de­risory’, be­low-in­fla­tion pay of­fer for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Union of­fi­cial Peter Ka­vanagh urged the gover­nor of the bank to per­son­ally in­ter­vene in the dis­pute, threat­en­ing to es­ca­late the in­dus­trial ac­tion if there was no break­through.

“Mark Car­ney should come to the picket lines out­side this iconic Bri­tish bank to­day and ex­plain why hard­work­ing men and women de­serve to face years of pay cuts,” Ka­vanagh said.

“They are strug­gling to pay their bills and feed their fam­i­lies be­cause the bank has un­justly im­posed a be­low in­fla­tion or zero pay rise.”

“Unite is call­ing on the Bank of Eng­land to come back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing table to dis­cuss a fair pay deal for the em­ploy­ees.”

Around 150 peo­ple work in

the three af­fected de­part­ments, a union spokes­woman said, al­though she was un­able to say how many peo­ple were on strike on Tues­day.

A spokesman for the BOE said it has ‘plans in place so that all es­sen­tial busi­ness will con­tinue to op­er­ate as nor­mal dur­ing this pe­riod’. He said the bank was

will­ing to talk at any time, ad­ding that only around two per cent of the work­force had been bal­loted for the strike.

(AFP)

Demon­stra­tors hold plac­ards de­pict­ing an im­age of Bank of Eng­land gover­nor Mark Car­ney, as they protest dur­ing a strike against pay, out­side the Bank of Eng­land in the City of Lon­don on Tues­day

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