Lloyds staff to protest over pay at bank's annual meeting in Edinburgh

The protest will take place in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Lloyds staff to protest over pay at bank’s annual meeting in Edinburgh iStock

Staff at Lloyds will protest outside of the bank’s annual meeting in Edinburgh on Thursday in a dispute over pay.

Unite the union has hit out at the bank for making “obscene amounts of money” whilst it said workers are struggling financially.

Lloyds has defended its pay offer made to staff, with a minimum pay increase of £1000 for all employees.

Caren Evans, Unite national officer, said: “While Lloyds Banking Group are making obscene amounts of money year after year, we cannot accept a situation where their workers, the backbone of their business, are struggling financially.

“The workforce has told Unite that they won’t be able to sufficiently heat their homes. Some are even having to sacrifice their future retirement plans by stopping pension contributions, and with many bank employees are having to turn to debt to pay their bills.

“These staff aren’t fat cat bankers, but everyday people giving their all for a company that is failing to do the same in return.

“Gentle words and platitudes by management won’t keep Lloyds workers warm or fed.”

A Lloyds spokesman said: “We understand that the wider economic circumstances are increasingly challenging.

“We believe our reward package is fair and competitive, including pay, bonuses, flexible benefits, pensions, and great options for agile and flexible working.

“Overall a majority of those union members who voted, voted in favour of the pay offer this year.”

Lloyds said the pay offer this year was worth 3.6%, giving a minimum pay increase of £1000 for all employees.

For two thirds of junior staff, increases were 4% or higher. The minimum salary increased to £10.60 per hour (£19,292 a year). With other payments, this equates to a £20,000 minimum starting rate for new joiners.