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posted 15 Jul 2012, 17:18 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 15 Jul 2012, 17:18 ]
Employees of the First Citizens' Bank (FCB) and the Republic Bank Ltd., supported by contingents from other companies, under the leadership
of their Union, the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union (BIGWU) extended their working hours on July 13th in a well supported demonstration/candle light vigil held outside the offices of First Citizens head offices and later on outside Republic Bank’s head offices, on Park Street.

Comrades Jason Browne, BIGWU Labour Relations Officer and Sean Maharaj, Deputy President of First Citizens branch of the union spoke to Comrade Rae Samuel of the National Workers Union. (See videos here and here).
Showing that they are equally serious and adept at doing this kind of business, the workers chanted and sang their rejection of the Company's paltry wage offers, their attitude around the negotiating table and invoked working class power. (See video). It was the second such demonstration held by the Union.

 Probably a sister comrade, herself a bank worker, summed it up best when, in rejecting the banks' offer, she said: "Ah can’t friend with no bank man...both ah we too poor"

An hour and a half later, in full cry, the workers, mostly female, some with their children, singing, headed towards Park Street, Republic Bank’s Head Office. $10 million Larry surely heard them that night and the same spirit and vibes prevailed for another hour on Park Street: singing, chanting, moving up and down, nonstop: “No to Blue Thunder jerseys, no to insulting wage offers, no to cheap cakes."

BIGWU is clear. The obscenely profitable banks must make reasonable wage offers. They mean business!!