Bank of Greece closing in Corfu and moving to Ioannina
CORFU. Employees will have to move to another town and the building will now belong to the Ionian University.
Despite the objections and protests over the last few years, the Bank of Greece branch in Corfu is closing and yet another service is leaving the island.
The work done at the Corfu branch and the employees will have to move to the nearest branch, which is in Ioannina. In other words, they will have to move to another town and region!
The iconic building above Old Town Hall Square is being transferred to the Ionian University, with the purchase having been agreed recently by both parties following the approval of the university's offer by the Bank's General Council.
Hellenic Federation of Bank Employees Organisations (OTOE)
In a statement, the Corfu OTOE branch said "The administration's response is 'move or leave' - or, as recently stated by a government minister, 'you either compromise or you leave'.
Corfu OTOE statement:
"At the end of this week, Friday 30 September, the Corfu branch of the Bank of Greece will close permanently.
The services will now be provided by the nearest branch - Ioannina - and yet another service is leaving the island.
Over the last few years the Corfu OTOE branch, seeing that the branch services were gradually being discontinued, made every effort to avoid closure. These efforts, however, were met with indifference by local bodies and political representatives, especially those from the government, although there were a few who supported us.
The major problem lies with the employees, for whom there is no possibility of transfers within this region. They are obliged to move to the nearest branch, which is in Ioannina, which creates huge problems of upheavals in their families.
The administration's response is 'move or leave' - or, as recently stated by a government minister, 'you either compromise or you leave'.
The local branch believes that a solution could have been found to avoid creating difficulties or unemployment for the employees, bypassing the legislative rigidities which are condemning people to unemployment.
The various politicians who didn't care about keeping the Corfu branch open are now trying to console those affected. It would have been better if they had made a proposal to abolish the various legislations which only harm workers."