Bank still operational despite “high absenteeism”
Republic Bank has confirmed that even though there is an “unusually high staff absenteeism” at certain branches, all branches of the bank remain open with the exception of the airport.
A press release from the bank stated that while several branches operated with fewer counter staff than usual, they were able to adequately deal with the banking needs of customers.
“We confirm that today’s reduced staff turnout was the first such occurrence since negotiations have been ongoing with the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) for a new collective agreement. Negotiations have been referred to the Ministry of Labour, the parties have had a meeting with Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan and discussions are continuing.
“While the Bank has not directly linked the employees’ action to the current wage negotiations, it is terming any such action as premature and extreme, given that negotiations are still underway” stated the release.
The Bank’s Managing Director, Anthony Clerk assured customers of the bank’s commitment to ensuring that banking services remain available to them.
Earlier today, scores of Republic Bank workers were off the job and meeting with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) as they protest among other things, management’s response to their job evaluations.
Since 8 a.m. the group which range from clerical officers to supervisors reported to the BWU’s headquarters at Solidarity House where they met with union officials.