Cyprus Mail

Bank of Cyprus could extend opening hours

By Andria Kades

The Bank of Cyprus may extend working hours to meet client needs, spokesperson Michalis Persianis said Tuesday.

“There is an international tendency in the banking system which is becoming more client centred and thus we should improve our services. The days where clients would run to the bank are over,” he said.

The plan is currently in preliminary stages and is expected to be enforced this year.

All staff will continue to work 37 hour weeks and there will be a restructure from within to adapt to the changes. Persianis added that this would be an opportunity for staff to develop their careers and be promoted.

Bank Employees’ Union (ETYK) spokesman Christos Konomis said they had asked for more details on the matter before they could voice their opinion.

“We need to know to what extent this will benefit people and see any studies that can prove it or further analyse it. We cannot have an opinion without all the details we want.”

He questioned whether the plan could be enforced by 2015 as there were many factors that would be affected by this change and would require many negotiations and talks which “may or may not lead to a solution”.

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