President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Senator Kavan Gayle, says he’s sought support from trade unions in the region following plans by Scotia Bank to cut nearly 100 jobs in Jamaica.

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The jobs are being transferred to Trinidad and Tobago as part of the bank’s restructuring exercise.

Senator Gayle says the jobs are being transferred to countries where the workers aren’t unionized.

He says multinationals like Scotia Bank tend to transfer jobs to where labour is cheaper.

Senator Gayle says Scotia Bank approached the union in late February about the expected restructuring plans.

He says they’ve had two meetings with high level officials of the bank.

He says in a meeting yesterday, he told the officials they needed to advise the workers in the affected departments about the planned job transfers.

Senator Gayle says he’s disappointed in Scotia’s handling of the matter.

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