Bank workers walk off the job

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Normal operations at the Global Bank of Commerce, located on Old Parham Road, were disrupted up to midmorning yesterday, after workers abandoned active duty to protest the management’s alleged failure to recognise their bargaining unit of choice.
The workers reported for work at the regular 8 a.m. shift but left shortly after to attend a meeting with their representative, the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU).
David Massiah, general secretary of the ABWU, spoke to OBSERVER media about the issue yesterday at the end of the meeting, which was held at the union’s headquarters on Newgate Street.
He said the ABWU won the bid to negotiate on behalf of the workers in 2013, but has been unable to formalise the agreement and at that time the company was in the process of restructuring.
“That time, as far as I am concerned, lapsed from April 2013 up until now and the bank has not had any sort of dialogue with the union. We asked for a meeting back in February of this year, a representative from the bank came and said they would have gone back and given us the information and this did not happen,” Massiah said.
The union official said that on April 13, ABWU received a letter from the management of the financial institution advising it to conduct a new poll to determine if the workers were still interested in having the union advocate on their behalf.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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