NatWest decision to move jobs from Belfast to the UK should be reversed say FSU

05 May 2022

NatWest decision to move jobs from Belfast to the UK should be reversed say FSU

The Financial Services Union have called on NatWest to immediately reverse their decision to move jobs from Northern Ireland to Bolton and other UK locations.

Commenting on the decision, Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial Relations, and Campaigns said:

“The decision by NatWest to move jobs from Belfast to other areas of the UK shows a complete disregard for the staff based in Belfast and for the Banks customers in Northern Ireland.

Their actions today will directly place a number of  staff at risk of redundancy in the area of Commercial & Corporate Coverage Customer Services. This can be avoided with a show of goodwill and decency from the Bank.

NatWest, and Ulster Bank, seem set to allow these roles to be conducted from Bolton, Birmingham, Rotherham, and Manchester but deny the same opportunity for staff in Belfast.

This is coupled with the withdrawal of Ulster Bank from the Republic of Ireland which has a direct impact on over 600 jobs in Northern Ireland. NatWest cannot be allowed to continue the practice of moving jobs from Belfast to other jurisdictions. This practice has directly led to 600 jobs being put at risk in Belfast

Instead of moving roles from Belfast, NatWest need to agree plans with the FSU to protect and enhance these roles. The impact of these potential job losses will have a real detrimental effect on families and the local economy.

The FSU call on NatWest to revisit their decision and on local politicians to lobby on behalf of local people and the local economy to keep these roles in Belfast.”