Moscow. July 3. INTERFAX.RU – the Bank of England could face first more than half a century with a strike: employees of security services and maintenance, are dissatisfied with their salaries, are going to leave their working places on 31 July for a period of four days. Labor dispute in the British Central Bank is a signal of the growing pressure on the UK government in terms of the need to increase salaries of civil servants in the context of accelerating inflation negatively affecting the standard of living of the population.
The increase of salaries of civil servants is limited to the level of 1% per year until 2020, while U.K. inflation accelerated in may to 2.9% weakening of pound sterling by a decision of the country’s withdrawal from the EU. The Bank of England increased the wage by 1% this year, but decisions on individual increase in salaries was adopted by the heads of divisions, writes the Financial Times.
Unite, the largest Union of great Britain, appealed to the head of the Bank of England Mark Carney to take action to resolve the dispute relating to the salaries of employees. Carney needs to “get his house in order” and to stop ignoring what is happening in it, said the representative of the Union Mercedes Sanchez. In a statement, the Union noted that the strike will make the legendary headquarters of the Bank of England on Threadneedle street “practically defunct”.
Meanwhile, the British Central Bank expects to maintain the normal functioning of operations in the strike. “The Bank of England was informed by the Union about the planned strike, – stated in the message of Bank published on Monday. – Held a Union vote by the employees, constituting about 2% of the staff of the Bank of England”.
The British Central Bank has a “plan in the event of a strike, which would allow all departments to continue effective operation,” reads the press release. “We will continue negotiations with the Union and look forward to a positive outcome,” – noted in the Central Bank.