- Bank workers and their unions from around the world are coming
together to demand Spanish banking giant Santander respects its
employees no matter where they work.
UNI Finance Global Union is leading an international trade union
delegation to Boston today to support Santander workers in the United
States who want union representation. There is currently no
recognised union in the US that represents the workers at Santander-
owned banking chain Sovereign.
Sovereign employees are fighting for their right for union
representation but management has created a climate of fear to
intimidate and discourage workers from joining a union.
UNI and the global trade union alliance at Santander are calling
on Santander Chairman Emilio Botín to ensure management's neutrality
in the union organising drive at Sovereign.
"Workers at Sovereign want a union but their bosses are telling
them they will lose their jobs if they try to organise," said Oliver
Roethig, head of UNI Finance. "Santander has thousands of unionised
workers in many other countries around the world so we are dismayed
by their anti-union attitude in the United States."
Some workers who have supported the union have been unfairly fired
and others have been told that the company is strongly opposed to any
union for its employees.
The UNI delegation is calling on Santander to rehire its unfairly
fired workers and stop interfering with workers' rights to form a
union. It will press Santander to sign a global agreement that
protects and guarantees workers' rights in the United States and
around the world.
Find more information at: www.bankonrights.org
UNI Finance is the global trade union for the finance industry.
UNI Global Union