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Sunday, 25 February

Breaking the Bank - Masked Invaders Snatch Cash

Workers in the maintenance, parlours and security departments at the Bank of England have announced an end to their pay dispute.

They have struck a deal in a long running dispute that had threatened strike action. Only one strike actually took place. It ran over three days in early August and saw a picket line full of Mark Carney (Governor of the Bank of England) mask wearers holding placards and flags reading ‘Bank of England staff want fair pay’. The strike was the first at the iconic bank in over 50 years. 

Mercedes Sanchez, Unite regional officer, said: “Unite is pleased to bring the Bank of England dispute to an end having secured significant improvements for staff across the organisation.  

“During the three days of strike action, Unite members made it clear that the current pay situation was unacceptable and the union welcomes the bank’s acknowledgement that changes must be brought forward. As part of the deal Unite has also secured extra annual leave for bank staff, as well as a payment for lower paid staff in the 2017/18 pay review.”

 

Other strikes

Coinciding with the Bank strike, hospital workers and cabin crew also held a series of protests.

Unite members employed by Serco as domestic staff, porters and security workers at Barts Health NHS Trust were looking for a 30 pence an hour increase in a 14-day strike that started on 25 July. It followed an earlier 48 hour stoppage and seven day walkout earlier in July.

Cabin crew working for British Airways also took their 58th day of strike action.

Picture: The Bank of England where a wage dispute has been resolved

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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