A strike organised by financial sector employees will force banks to close several of their branch offices across Finland on Thursday and Friday.
Banks have assured that that they will seek to continue providing the most critical services – such as, cash withdrawals, card payments and online banking services – also during the work stoppage.
“Delays and disruptions may occur in the availability and functioning of services. The industrial conflict may also cause delays in resolving the disruptions,” reads a press release from Danske Bank.
Service Sector Employers (Palta) has similarly urged the customers of banks and other financial institutions to prepare for congestions and longer-than-usual wait times. Banks, it adds, also cannot guarantee that financial transactions will be executed without disruptions during the strike.
Palta also reminds that consumers should be wary of phishing attempts also under the special circumstances: “Card details and passwords should not be handed over to anyone.”
The strike is not expected to affect the functioning of cash machines because the employees of Automatia, the operator and developer of the nationwide network of Otto ATMs, will not participate in the industrial action.
Harri Pennanen, the managing director of Automatia, states to Kauppalehti that the only cash machines affected by the strike should be those located inside and adjacent to banks.
The strike is initially expected to continue until tomorrow evening, although employee representatives have issued a strike warning also for 4 and 5 January. The parties to the industrial conflict are expected to re-convene under the guidance of National Conciliator Minna Helle on 2 January.
Helle on Wednesday admitted that the negotiations are currently gridlocked.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Jussi Nukari – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi