Brazil's bank workers began a nationwide strike on Tuesday over demands for better pay and working conditions, according to national financial-sector workers' union Contraf.
The workers' demands include a nominal wage increase of 10.25 per cent, a profit-sharing agreement, better health and working conditions and better security.
On Aug. 28, Brazil's national banking federation Fenaban offered a 6-per-cent nominal wage increase amounting to a 0.5-per-cent rise after accounting for inflation – a package the union rejected as "insufficient."
Bank shares fell across the board on Tuesday on Brazil's bourse. Shares of Itau Unibanco, Brazil's largest non-government bank, slipped 1.36 per cent, while those of rival Bradesco fell 1.23 per cent. Shares of state-controlled Banco do Brasil dropped 1.67 per cent.
Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index little changed, up just 0.05 per cent at 61,837.00.