Canada Mali: The banking sector again on strike

14:40  23 november  2021
14:40  23 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The National Union of Banks, Insurance, Financial Institutions and businesses in Mali (Synabef) begins this Tuesday a new 72-hour strike. The third of this type in less than a month and, if it is widely followed, will lead to the closure of many financial institutions in the country.

with our correspondent in Bamako, Kaourou Magassa

The negotiations between the leaders of the banks and insurance of the Mali and the trade unions are still deadlock. The 6 days of strike held three weeks ago will not have allowed to evolve the status quo.

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Trade union organizations are primarily asking for the background of the base salary of employees of around 15%, as well as the regularization of the status of certain temporary workers and service providers. For the time being, no agreement has been found on these points of claim.

To avoid any paralysis and allow users to access their accounts, the Ministry of Labor in charge of social dialogue has tried, without success, a conciliation at a meeting held in the evening of Monday with the unions.

A banks' strike at the end of the month is the worst effect in the opinion and for households because a large part of employees and officials affect their wages around the 25th of each month. Companies and individuals will have to adapt to carry out their operations and deal with everyday spending.

The impact of this strike will be more limited for Malians working in the informal sector or for people still in the country that do not have a bank account and who do not have access to basic financial services .

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