The Reading / Listening - Bank of England - Level 5

Workers at the Bank of England have voted for a four-day strike in support of a pay claim. It will be the first walkout by the Bank's staff in over five decades. Over 95 per cent of bankers who voted chose to strike. They say the Bank's pay rise offer is unacceptable. The Bank offered its workers a collective one per cent pay rise. The deal means that a third of staff could get no pay rise. The workers' union said: "The result of the Bank's unwillingness to negotiate fair pay will be that the Bank's sites…in the City of London will effectively be inoperable."



The Bank of England was established in 1694. It is the world's second oldest central bank. Public sector staff in the UK are suffering financially. They have had their annual salary increase capped at one per cent. This is below the 2.9 per cent level of inflation. The union said workers are taking action, "because of the bank's total refusal to accept that its workforce is struggling to meet their costs of living". It added that it was shameful that an "iconic symbol of financial services" is ignoring "the concerns of its dedicated and hardworking staff and impose this derisory pay deal."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bank of England - Level 4 or  Bank of England - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40478754
  • https://www.ft.com/content/fbc9639a-6f4c-34e8-9fc6-2c86ae15abd6
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bank-england-staff-set-first-strike-50-years-1628702


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. voted for a four-
  2. in support of a pay
  3. in over five
  4. 95% of bankers who voted
  5. They say the Bank's pay rise
  6. a third of staff could get
  7. the Bank's unwillingness to
  8. the Bank's sites…in
  1. decades
  2. negotiate fair pay
  3. chose to strike
  4. no pay rise
  5. the City of London
  6. day strike
  7. offer is unacceptable
  8. claim

Paragraph 2

  1. The Bank of England was
  2. It is the world's second
  3. Public
  4. They have had their annual salary
  5. below the 2.9 per cent level of
  6. struggling to meet their costs
  7. its dedicated and
  8. this derisory
  1. increase capped
  2. of living
  3. inflation
  4. hardworking staff
  5. established in 1694
  6. pay deal
  7. oldest central bank
  8. sector staff

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Workers at the Bank of England have voted (1) ___________________ strike in support of a pay claim. It will be the (2) ___________________ the Bank's staff in (3) ___________________. Over 95 per cent of bankers who voted chose to strike. They say the Bank's pay rise offer is unacceptable. The Bank (4) ___________________ a collective one per cent pay rise. The deal means that a third of staff could (5) ___________________. The workers' union said: "The result of the Bank's unwillingness (6) ___________________ pay will be that the Bank's sites…in the City of London will effectively be inoperable."

The Bank of England (7) ___________________ 1694. It is the world's second oldest central bank. Public sector staff in the UK are suffering financially. They have had their annual salary (8) ___________________ one per cent. This is below the 2.9 per cent level of inflation. The union said workers (9) ___________________, "because of the bank's total refusal to accept that its workforce is struggling to meet their (10) ___________________". It added that it was shameful that an "iconic symbol of financial services" is ignoring "(11) ___________________ dedicated and hardworking staff and impose this (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WorkersattheBankofEnglandhavevotedforafour-daystrikeinsuppor
tofapayclaim.ItwillbethefirstwalkoutbytheBank'sstaffinoverfivedec
ades.Over95percentofbankerswhovotedchosetostrike.Theysaythe
Bank'spayriseofferisunacceptable.TheBankoffereditsworkersacolle
ctiveonepercentpayrise.Thedealmeansthatathirdofstaffcouldgetno
payrise.Theworkers'unionsaid:"TheresultoftheBank'sunwillingness
tonegotiatefairpaywillbethattheBank'ssites…intheCityofLondonwill
effectivelybeinoperable."TheBankofEnglandwasestablishedin1694.
Itistheworld'ssecondoldestcentralbank.PublicsectorstaffintheUKare
sufferingfinancially.Theyhavehadtheirannualsalaryincreasecapped
atonepercent.Thisisbelowthe2.9percentlevelofinflation.Theunionsa
idworkersaretakingaction,"becauseofthebank'stotalrefusaltoaccept
thatitsworkforceisstrugglingtomeettheircostsofliving".Itaddedthati
twasshamefulthatan"iconicsymboloffinancialservices"isignoring"th
econcernsofitsdedicatedandhardworkingstaffandimposethisderisor
ypaydeal."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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