July 6, 2015 / 6:10 PM / 2 years ago

Large companies in Greece offer salaries in cash during bank shutdown

People sit in front of an old church in central Athens, Greece, July 6, 2015.Jean-Paul Pelissier

ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) - At least three companies in Greece including its biggest electronic appliances chain have paid staff in cash, after the country imposed limits on withdrawals from banks last week in an bid to ward off a possible collapse of its banking system.

The moves by Greece's Kotsovolos, a unit of Britain's Dixons Carphone, and another two companies are signs of the domestic impact of the financial crisis, after Greece closed its banks and limited withdrawals from automated teller machines (ATMs) to 60 euros ($66) a day.

    Capital controls have started taking a toll on Greek households' budgets and choking off the normal flow of operations for many businesses.     

Four banking sources said on Monday Greek banks will stay closed at least until Friday.

    A spokeswoman from Dixons said Kotsovolos paid staff in cash last week and was waiting to see what happens this week.   

    Two other big companies operating in Greece have also paid part or their wages in cash, while a third was considering offering its employees such an option for the next scheduled payment at the end of the month, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

($1 = 0.9024 euros)

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou, Kate Holton and James Davey; Editing by David Holmes

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