Unite, the union representing staff working across Royal Bank of Scotland has today (Tuesday 6 February) demanded that the bank put in place an immediate moratorium on their branch closure programme.

Following the announcement by the bank that it is halting the planned closure of ten of its branches in Scotland previously earmarked for closure, Unite is demanding the bank take the same action for impacted branches across England and Wales.

The union welcomes the news that the RBS and NatWest branches in Scotland will remain open, following intense Unite campaigning and political pressure. The RBS shambolic branch closure scheme is without doubt now in tatters and must be abandoned nationally.

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer said: “Royal Bank of Scotland has finally heard the anger from staff and customers by abandoning the appalling Scottish branch closure plans. There is simply no justification for the taxpayer funded bank to continue with their shambolic closure programme in England and Wales.

“Instead of deserting communities in England and Wales Unite is calling on RBS to put a moratorium on all the planned bank branch closures.

“Why is Royal Bank of Scotland walking away from many of the branches in Wales and England which are the last branches in a town or community? The bank’s disastrous handing of their vital branches is nothing short of inept and cannot continue.

“Unite has welcomed the RBS U-turn to keep ten of the thirteen branches previously announced to be closing in Scotland. The bank is continuing to play games with their customers and staff in branches across England and Wales who have been steadfastly loyal and committed to the business. The branch closure plans are in tatters and must be aborted.”


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Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.