Picket outside Limerick branch of EBS

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

STAFF at the Limerick branch of EBS are amongst those who are staging a one-day picket in a dispute over Chistmas pay.

STAFF at the Limerick branch of EBS are amongst those who are staging a one-day picket in a dispute over Chistmas pay.

Over 300 staff across the country are taking part in the action in protest over the non-payment of the monies, which they claim they are contractually due.

The Limerick branch of EBS is one of just three branches which is the subject of an official picket as it is located in the constituency of the finance minister, Michael Noonan.

Frank Goodwin, assistant manager of the William Street, branch is adamant the Christmas payment is not a bonus. “We feel very strongly about this and it is very unfortunate because at the end of November we were informed that we were getting our Chistmas pay and then two or three days before we due (to get it) apparantly it was pulled and we aren’t getting it,” said Frank who has been working at EBS for 15 years.

“I think we have been treated unfairly, if they are going to cut it, I suppose it should have been cut across the board as opposed to just picking on the lower paid people,” he added.