RBC workers walk off the job

Customers were unable to conduct transactions at Royal Bank of Canada for several hours on Monday (Photo by Theresa Goodwin

The regional directors of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will be meeting in Antigua today to hold emergency talks with the Antigua Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) over matters which forced workers to stage industrial action on Monday.

Over 30 workers at the financial institution walked off the job yesterday, leaving only a security guard from the Special Security Services Limited to answer queries from disappointed customers who turned up to conduct various transactions only to be told that the bank would be closed for an unknown period of time.

The bank was closed to the public for at least four hours while the workers left to attend a meeting with the ABWU over longstanding matters relating to their future employment.

The workers reported for their usual shift at 8 a.m., signed in, and then proceeded to Newgate Street for the meeting with the bargaining unit.

David Massiah, general secretary of the ABWU, told OBSERVER media, that the workers took the action to send a clear message to the top brass at the bank that they were frustrated about recent developments at the company.

He said that within the last six to eight months, the union was informed that the bank would be undergoing a process of restructuring and some positions would be made redundant.

According to Massiah, after a period of time, the company began making decisions with regards to the future employment of workers without consulting the union.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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