SAO PAULO, Sept 1 Brazilian bank unions
throughout the country voted on Thursday to launch an open-ended
strike beginning on Tuesday, according to the National
Confederation of Financial Workers.
The union for the Sao Paulo region said it had delivered
demands including salary increases and preservation of jobs in
the industry early last month and failed to reach an accord
after five rounds of talks with a bank industry group.
The unions called for a 14.78 percent salary increase, while
banks proposed a 6.5 percent raise and a bonus of 3,000
Representatives for banking industry group Febraban could
not be reached immediately for comment.
($1 = 3.25 Brazilian reais)
(Reporting by Aluisio Alves)