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Oct 9, 2015

When Will FCIB Depart?

Audrey Matura Shepherd

According to Matura-Shepherd, the union has been unable to get a response on the exit date of F.C.I.B. She believes that information has to be known.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, C.W.U.

“When are you leaving? Give us an idea; don’t hold us at random. Management claimed that they don’t know when they are leaving. So I said, give us a projected date when you are leaving….you must have a projected date when you hope to wrap this up. They refused to give us that; they said they don’t know that either. We said okay; well give us a target date so that we could know that we are working within a specific timeline to get things done. Again they said that they don’t know that either so you can see why this bank has failed because management doesn’t seem to know anything. A basic thing like a target date they don’t know. And so we are trying to negotiate, but in a vacuum because they don’t even want to give us a target date, but yet they had to give the Central Bank a target date because this is not an action that they can take on their own. It’s amazing and the workers have kept quiet. You notice they are not talking yet because of course there’s a lot of intimidation and they have a policy where workers are not allowed to give interviews. But I am sure at some point, they will break their silence because what is happening…because clearly the union executive is the spokesperson for them, they think that the workers are voiceless. They may not be speaking, but they are not brainless…very smart and see them out here today. And they are prepared to continue protesting. And good thing they didn’t move the notice because clearly there is not only the apprehension of an industrial dispute, there is an industrial dispute now and clearly the bank has drawn the sword against us.”

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