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Staff of First Citizens Bank may be off the job for a second day on Thursday, after more than three quarters of the staff took industrial action on Wednesday, affecting its six branches.

And despite an eight-hour meeting with officials of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), there was no resolution.

This followed what BWU deputy general secretary and director of industrial relations Dwaine Paul described as the bank’s parent company in Trinidad’s “bad faith” in honouring part of an agreement with staff. He noted the bank, which has been in negotiation with the union on a collective agreement for the period 2013-2018, decided to withdraw from one of the major areas of that negotiation.

Regarding the bank’s operations, he said the opening or closing of the bank remained solely with the bank. While all branches were affected on Wednesday, Welches and Bridgetown branches remained open.

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