Bank of England staff strike for first time in 50 years over pay

1 London

London News & Search

1 News - 1 eMovies - 1 eMusic - 1 eBooks - 1 Search

Bank of England staff wore Mark Carney masks for their first strike in more than 50 years today.

Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell joined members of the Unite union for the protest outside the Bank’s headquarters in the City of London.

Workers in maintenance and security are staging a three-day walkout over a pay row.

Mr McDonnell made a speech through a megaphone backing the staff against what the union called a “derisory” pay offer.

carneymasks0108a.jpg

Landmark move: Bank of England staff strike for the first time in 50 years (EPA)

Unite official Peter Kavanagh said: “The governor of the Bank of England must take responsibility for the fact that his dedicated workforce is having to make their concerns heard from a picket line.

“The result of the Bank’s failure to negotiate with staff is that the Bank of England now faces its first strike action in over 50 years.” 

A Bank of England spokesman said it has plans in place to ensure essential business will continue to operate as normal during the strike.

The spokesman said Unite balloted around two per cent of the workforce, and said the Bank remained ready to continue talks at any time. 


1 London

London News & Search

1 News - 1 eMovies - 1 eMusic - 1 eBooks - 1 Search


Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Facebooktwitterlinkedinrssyoutube

Leave a Reply