Saturday, 31 July 2010

International coalition to organise banks

Bank tellers at the Grupo Santander-owned Sovereign Bank may earn less than the cleaners who clean their office, reports Mike Elk in In These Times. This has to do with the fact that the cleaners are union members, whereas the Sovereign workers are not.
At the initiative of a Brazilian union organising Santander workers, American unions are planning to organise Sovereign, perhaps as a first step towards organising the entire sector.
One of the reasons to do so is that banks are influential economic actors that have played an important part in bringing on today’s crisis. By organising bank staff, unions also hope to gain influence on how banks behave.
According to Elk, the campaign evidences ‘a new willingness to work with other unions and community groups’ on the part of the services union SEIU, which recently got a new president.


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