BANK WORKERS at the Royal Bank of Scotland went on strike for the day on 2 January after bosses refused to pay them more for working on a traditional Scottish holiday. A lively picket took place of the bank's Glasgow headquarters.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is the biggest bank in Scotland and made a profit of £4.4 billion last year. Yet it refuses to pay the extra money to the staff at over 120 branches across the country who worked on a holiday. Andy Colognori of the UNIFI finance union said, 'The Royal Bank of Scotland has a problem in recognising a traditional Scottish holiday. But it owns a number of banks in Ireland and has no problem in recognising Irish holidays. We don't have a problem with people being paid premium rates or given days off in lieu for working on the holiday, but the bank was trying to insist was just a normal day.'