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Demo against branch closures of RBS banks

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A demonstration is to be held against planned closures of RBS bank branches.

The Unite union is calling on customers and pensioners to join staff at the protest in Manchester on Wednesday.

The union said the North West would be badly hit by closures this year, affecting hundreds of employees.

Unite regional officer John Nolan said:

The decision to take the axe to 64 branches across the region is an act of corporate vandalism.

They are decimating hundreds of jobs, ripping the heart out of communities and disenfranchising customers from being able to access all but the most basic of banking services.

We need RBS to support customers and local communities, not abandon them.

We are hoping businesses, MPs and local people join our campaign and support the demonstration in Manchester on Wednesday to send a strong message to RBS bosses that we will not stand for these disastrous closure plans.

– Unite regional officer John Nolan

The Scottish Affairs Select Committee said in a report that RBS has failed to fully appreciate the "damage" that will be caused by its decision to close dozens of its Scottish branches.