Customers in Florianópolis will only have access to ATMs in a few banks, shopping centers and at the airport. Express post services may also be affected.
Banks throughout the country have been closed since Tuesday morning following the decision by Brazil’s bank workers union to go on strike indefinitely. Among their demands is a 5 percent salary raise, an amount the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban) immediately rejected, offering instead an increase of 0.58 percent. Banks in Brazil employ almost 500,000 people.
In spite of the fact that most banks in Florianópolis and the rest of Santa Catarina are closed, utilities companies have refused to give clients a break. Bills will have to be paid by the due date at “lotéricas” (lottery sales and payment agencies) to avoid service interruptions and fines.
Cash withdrawals, debit card cash advances and account balance queries can be made at ATMs at some banks, shopping centers and at the airport.
Workers of Brazil’s postal service (ECT), meanwhile, also voted to strike and began disrupting mail services Thursday morning. Although so far approximately only 15% of the 120,000 post office employees have walked off the job, certain postal services will be affected, namely same-day and other express mail deliveries.