Monday, May 10, 2010

Banks make plans for employees to work off-site during G20

Security, crowds and demonstrations all a matter of concern in late June!

Toronto’s central core could be denuded of bankers in the days leading up to the G20 summit late in June, as financial institutions send their workers to other locations or let them work from home.

While the big banks are loath to disclose details of their plans for dealing with possible disruptions caused by tight downtown security or demonstrations that block the streets, some say the best bet will be to just keep their workers away.

“One of our main strategies is to reduce our employee presence in the downtown core,” said Don Blair, manager of corporate communications at Royal Bank of Canada. “Our goal is to have as many as possible working from alternative work sites … and at home.” That move will be made on Thursday June 24 – two days before the summit officially starts – and “a majority” of head-office workers could be affected, he said.

Source: Richard Blackwell
Globe and Mail Update
Published on Sunday, May. 09, 2010 9:42PM EDT
Last updated on Monday, May. 10, 2010 5:26AM EDT

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