March 1st: Unite today (Monday) said that the decision by Bank of Ireland to close branches across Ireland is a blow not only to the workers who have built the bank, but also to local communities who depend on local banking services.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Jean O’Dowd said:
“Today’s announcement has not only come as a shock to to Bank of Ireland’s loyal and committed workforce. It is also a blow to communities around Ireland, and especially to elderly and vulnerable people who depend on physical banking services.
“Unite is shocked that Bank of Ireland would take such a decision during a pandemic when communities are more dependent than ever on local services.
“This decision makes a mockery of Bank of Ireland’s standing as a so-called ‘pillar bank’, and is a slap in the face not only to the bank’s loyal workforce, but also to the Irish taxpayers who bailed out the bank to the tune of €4.8 billion following the financial crash.
“Unite would urge Bank of Ireland to put any decision regarding branch closures on hold pending a full and transparent consultation process involving all stakeholders”, Ms O’Dowd concluded.