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Antigua: Union “shocked” by Scotiabank’s plans to sell banks in Antigua and elsewhere

The union representing Scotiabank workers in Antigua and Barbuda will be meeting with its membership next Tuesday to discuss the ramifications of a recent decision by the financial institution to close shop in parts of the Caribbean including the twin-island state.

General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU), David Massiah, said that the decision came like a “thief in the night.”

He spoke to OBSERVER media yesterday from Jamaica where trade unions have gathered in solidarity to discuss a unified approach to another situation with Scotiabank that is unfolding in that country.

“We are going to discuss and say exactly how we are going to go forward. What it means for the employees in Antigua, we will have to discuss that going forward with the new buyers. We will be standing with our members in Antigua and our colleagues from across the entire Caribbean,” Massiah said.

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