The Banking Association announced this week a stoppage of activities in the branches of BBVA and Santander for the days Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January, between 11 and 13 o’clock. The measure of force, explained the union, will be carried out in rejection of the “adjustment that is manifested in the closure of branches and in pressures for the reduction of the number of workers.”
In a statement signed by the Secretary General, Sergio Palazzo, the association pointed out against the “foreign entities“, to whom –he assured–“they don’t care about anything“.” It does not matter that we are going through the tragedy of the pandemic and that it is resurfacing. It does not matter the bad distribution of bank branches that led us to a critical situation in April 2020. It does not matter to limit banking services to society, “the letter said.
On the contrary, the union denounced, the banking entities they have militated “openly, even constituting an electoral committee in some cases, the policies of the Macri government, which led to an economic and social disaster, then increased by the impact of covid-19 “.
Currently, explained the Banking Association to justify the force measure, these companies “are executing a adjustment that is manifested in the closing of branches and in pressures to reduce the number of workers, while demanding greater ‘productivity’, even imposing an extension of the working day. “
In turn, the union remarked that “it has been a reality for a long time that financial services, expensive by the way, they do not reach the entire population“and that not all the population can have access to them in a comprehensive manner through virtual platforms.
“It is true that millions of Argentines need personal assistance to access the services provided by banks. obvious lack of social responsibilityIt is also one of the reasons why we have always called for a reform of the regulations, “the statement added in the same vein.
For these reasons, the banks pointed out, “days of protest” will be held at the branches of these two companies “during the last two hours of customer service.” Currently, the union is also discussing the salary problem and has already formally requested the reopening of the parity companies in the sector in the face of an inflationary context.