KBC refusal to attend the WRC deeply disappointing

Issued : 20 October 2020

KBC has no regard for proper industrial relation mechanism

The refusal of KBC to attend a WRC conciliation meeting with the Financial Services Union (FSU) has being described as disappointing and the actions of a Bank that has no regard for the official industrial relations mechanisms in the Republic of Ireland. This is according to Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial relations and campaigns with the FSU.

The FSU had written to the WRC requesting a conciliation meeting on outstanding issues with KBC on proposed redundancies and the closure of hubs

KBC have informed the WRC in writing that they engage directly with employees and that this works well.

According to Gareth Murphy, it is clear from past history that KBC internal engagement procedures are flawed and do not meet normal standards of industrial relation procedures.

“In 2018 the WRC made a recommendation on a complaint involving KBC stating “that there was a shortfall in how the complaints were investigated”

It is deeply disappointing that KBC continue its policy of not recognising the Financial Service Union.

It is not too late for KBC to change their mind, sit down around the table with the FSU and reach a solution to any outstanding issues. We remain available to meet at any time concluded Mr Murphy

The issues around the closure of hubs and redundancies have now being referred directly to the Labour Court by the FSU.

ENDS

Contact Brian McDowell

Head of Communication and Public Affairs

Financial Services Union

PH: 0879161225

E: [email protected]