Bah Humbug – Lessons From The Christmas Party

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that every January, we receive calls from members being investigated for their alleged misconduct (or gross misconduct – that is misconduct justifying dismissal) at their office Christmas parties. Allegations have...

Bank Pushes Working Pattern Changes

We’ve received numerous calls from members concerned about what appears to be the Bank’s latest push to change working hours and align them with branch opening times. Many of the members have been concerned that they will only be paid for the opening hours of the...

Bank Breaks Own Policy On Fact Finds

A member subject to a fact find interview (an investigation meeting) asked for a copy of the recording made at the meeting or a transcript, only to be told by the Bank that she couldn’t have one. Leaving aside the wider implications of refusing to provide evidence...

The Dangers Of Covert Recordings

Almost all of us now carry mobile phones capable of making audio recordings. It’s not surprising that, increasingly, BTU is presented with audio files which have been made covertly by members during meetings with their employers.The majority of these recordings are...

Mental Health and Lloyds Bank: The Reality

You can’t have missed the Bank’s Mental Health PR campaign, it’s been on almost every advertising medium going. Just this month the Bank announced it will train 2500 mental health ‘Advocates’. But look behind the PR facade and a different Lloyds attitude to mental...

Bank Restructure: The Intolerable Reality

When the Judge ruled in our favour on the ‘Non-Signer’ Employment Tribunal case, he drew attention to an extract from a report given to Lloyds Bank’s GEC in 2009, just before the Bank began the process of harmonisation of contracts across Lloyds Banking Group. The...

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