Cindy's remarks at the news conference in Toronto, December 10, 2007
I have worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for almost 20 years at branches in Saskatchewan and Ontario. For most of those years I was a Personal Banker. I loved working with my clients. I was proud to help Canadians buy homes and cars. I enjoyed the opportunity to advise clients on their investments. I worked hard for the Bank and my clients.
It was impossible to meet the goals set by the Bank within my scheduled working hours. I had to work overtime to get my work done. If I had not met my assigned goals I would have received negative performance appraisals.
I sought overtime pay from the Bank but it was a futile quest. Overtime was not part of Bank's budget for Personal Bankers.
I am not unique within the Bank of Nova Scotia. Other Personal Bankers at every branch in which I worked also had to put in overtime to get their work done. Personal Bankers I spoke to at other branches had the same experience.
Our frustration at the Bank requiring us to work unpaid overtime was a frequent topic in our conversations.
I wanted to take on the Bank for treating us so unjustly but it is impractical for one woman to fight a Bank. When I learned of the CIBC Class Action for unpaid overtime I was excited and immediately contacted the lawyers acting for Dara Fresco. After hearing my story they advised that they could take action against the Bank but needed a plaintiff to represent the Personal Bankers of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
After talking to the lawyers, my friends and my family I agreed to be the representative plaintiff. While it was not realistic for me to tackle the Bank on my own I am ready to lead thousands of past and present Personal Bankers in this action seeking payment for the millions of hours of unpaid overtime we provided to the Bank of Nova Scotia. I am proud to represent my fellow Personal Bankers from all over Canada.
I invite all the Bank of Nova Scotia Personal Bankers who worked unpaid overtime to register at the website being set up for this action, www.bnsunpaidovertime.ca, or call 1-888-867-2431.