06 November 2009
Irish bank dismisses discrimination claims
A bank in Ireland has rejected claims that it has discriminated against its staff on the basis of pay.
Ulster Bank, which is owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, dismissed the suggestions made by the Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA), the Irish Independent reports.
According to the news source, the IBOA argues that the bank is refusing to issue a ten per cent pay rise to its employees in the Republic of Ireland.
However, it states that RBS has already made this payment to staff based in Britain and has filed papers with the Rights Commissioner Service to begin legal action.
It alleges that Ulster bank has made "illegal deductions from the wages of its employees".
General secretary of the IBOA Larry Broderick was quoted as saying that Ulster bank staff are only being offered a pay rise if they "sign away their rights and benefits negotiated by the IBOA".
Elsewhere in the Irish financial sector, employees at Anglo Irish Bank are facing redundancy after it was announced this week that the company is to make cutbacks.