I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven.
The public bailed the Bank out and the public deserves better. RBS must engage fully with trade unions, staff, customers, communities and elected representatives, including the Scottish and UK Government, to ensure that local customers and workers are fully protected.
I’ve started this Petition as I am determined that as many branches are kept open as possible. I would encourage everyone one to sign it. There are many who rely on local facilities and these closures would be very detrimental to communities.
RBS assume that everyone is able to travel to get to a bank and this just isn’t the case. Internet banking is also not an alternative for many in rural areas where connections are poor. Face-to-face contact is necessary for many banking transactions such as discussions about mortgages and loans.
If any of these closures do go ahead, we need to know what provision will be made to ensure people have access to banking facilities through both ATMs and mobile branch banking to maintain these face-to-face discussions.
The impact this will have on staff would be devastating and is completely unacceptable. Unite the Union argues for a network of ‘regional banking’. Scottish Labour supports this position.
Please Sign and share the Petition with this link. RBS_CLOSURES_PETITION