Last-ditch talks at ACAS to resolve Bank of England pay row

Bank_of_England_Building,_London,_UK_-_DiliffLast-ditch talks are today taking place at ACAS in a bid to resolve the pay dispute between Unite and the Bank of England.

Unite members are due to take three days’ strike action – the first strike action at the Bank for more than 50 years – from tomorrow. They are scheduled to mark the start of the action by holding a demonstration outside the bank’s London office at 10am tomorrow.

Unite regional officer Mercedes Sanchez said: “Staff at the Bank of England have made their anger clear by voting for strike action. 95 per cent of the staff in maintenance, parlours and security have backed industrial action due to their employers outright refusal to negotiate a fair pay deal for its workforce.

“The Bank of England now faces its first strike action in over 50 years when staff in vital services across the country will be taking action because of the bank’s total refusal to accept that their workforce are struggling to meet their costs of living.

“The result of the bank’s unwillingness to negotiate fair pay will be that the bank’s sites, including the iconic Threadneedle Street in the city of London will effectively be inoperable without the maintenance, parlours and security staff.

“Mark Carney needs to get his own house in order. It is nothing short of shameful that the iconic symbol of financial services in the UK is choosing to ride roughshod over the concerns of its dedicated and hardworking staff and impose this derisory pay deal. The governor can no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening on his own patch.”

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