STAFF at branches of the Clydesdale Bank in the region remain unsure of their future this week after the bank’s owner, National Australia Bank, announced it was looking at reviewing it’s UK operations.
The Clydesdale Bank has branches in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Castle Douglas.
Dumfries and Galloway Labour Group Leader, Councillor Ronnie Nicholson said: “Staff will understandable be worried about what the announcement of a ‘strategic review’ means for their jobs and careers. The top priority locally is securing these valuable jobs in Dumfries and Galloway and I hope we get urgent clarification from the company about its intentions. Families across the region are already finding it a real struggle to get by and pay the bills, and the last thing our area needs is any more uncertainty about jobs.”
Earlier this week the Unite union were in talks with the bank’s management over possible implications for thousands of staff across the country.
The slow recovery of the UK economy has been blamed for this development and financial analysts are predicting the Clydesdale will be sold off by NAB.