MILAN (Reuters) - Banks employees in Italy are working without adequate protection against coronavirus infection in branches that are still open and a strike may be the only option unless there is a coordinated response to fix the situation, a senior union official said.
Speaking at an online forum organized by financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Lando Sileoni, secretary general of banking union FABI, said unions would hold a call with banking lobby ABI at 1400 GMT and expected adequate answers then.
“While 50-60% of bank employees are smart-working ... we’re in daily contact with the staff in the trenches,” he said.
“Bank tellers representing 40-45 of staff are in contact with the public without masks, gloves or even the protective plastic barriers that postal offices have introduced,” he said.
Reporting by Valentina Za; editing by James Mackenzie