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Videos humanize drama of bank layoffs in the middle of a pandemic

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São Paulo – The financial health of the banking system seems to have been one of the few that did not suffer major upheavals after eight months of the covid-19 pandemic in the country. The Brazilian economy started the year with a record of “pibinho” due to the lack of government actions to recover the economy. Since March, the situation has only worsened. The expected fall in GDP for the year is over 5%. Companies lost business and workers lost jobs. Unemployment has exploded, to more than 14%. Afraid of default, the country’s three largest banks increased their provisions. For this reason, the net profit achieved by Bradesco, Itaú and Santander between January and September this year was “only” R $ 34 billion. Despite solid health, layoffs at banks have continued to occur.

In March, the three had agreed, in negotiations with unions in the category, that there would be no layoffs at banks during the pandemic. The wave of contagions is not over yet, the country has reached 6 million cases, deaths due to the covid-19 have returned to around the thousands per day and already total 164 thousand lives lost. But if the pandemic continued, the word from the banks would not.

Bank layoffs have name and face

According to the government’s General Register of Employed and Unemployed (Caged), there were almost 13,000 layoffs in the financial system in nine months. Bradesco alone left 1,300 people without work between March and September, according to bank employees. One of the reactions found by the unions and the national confederation of the category was to resort to social networks to denounce the trio of banks that worsened the situation of Brazil’s economy.

A series of videos has been released by the Banking Union of São Paulo, Osasco and Region. Recorded by actors, the messages are based on reports from real characters, from employees who cannot expose themselves, taken as examples by Bradesco, Itaú and Santander. They express the banks’ sense of betrayal by promoting layoffs of employees who have spent years fulfilling their obligations. Posted on the entity’s YouTube channel, the testimonies of former bank employees of the country’s three largest banks have already had more than 52 thousand views.

Bárbara, 12 years of Bradesco

“I hit goals, covered the boss’s vacation, sick leave and maternity leave. There were days when I didn’t have lunch. I didn’t go to the bathroom. I suffered moral harassment, threat of dismissal. And when he argued to the general manager that I was overwhelmed, he said that the problem was with the regional manager. Even so, I worked hard. He was always among the best. Until on a Monday I was fired. For Bradesco, I did not perform well. ”

Álvaro, 15 years at Itaú

“I worked for 11 years at Central 30 hours. Then I went to the auto finance desk. We even won a customer satisfaction award. ‘We’, no, because it was because of me. But I wasn’t even invited to the party myself. I was a distinguished employee, praised inside and outside the department. Until a manager arrives and starts chasing. In that I was fired by the team. Fifteen years in the bank, accomplished goals. Exploited, harassed, pressured, sick. Suddenly: ‘No profile’. ”

Luiz Carlos, nine years of Santander

“I remember the 2014 World Cup. Go, Brazil! I literally wore the bank shirt. Many foreigners in the country looking for bank channels. And I was the front line at Santander SAC. Service in English, Spanish. Go Brazil! And at SAC, the boss monitors you all the time. Still has customer evaluation. I never received a complaint, no warning. On the contrary: I received many compliments. And I got fired. Reason? Low productivity. ”

Humanize the numbers

“The union wanted to show something more human with these videos. When we see only the numbers, it becomes very cold. We wanted, with actors, to show the true history of bank employees. Who are very dedicated. They fulfill goals and even then they are fired ”The explanation is from the president of the São Paulo Bankers Union, Ivone Silva.

“We wanted to put a face on these layoffs. They are fathers and mothers of families. They are people on whom their families depend. People who professionally dedicated themselves a lot and still got fired. And that despite all the bank profits. ”

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Ivone: banks need to explain contradictions

According to Ivone, the union has been promoting actions on social networks and every week these campaigns, which “do reach the image of the banks”, appear among the most talked about subjects. And banks are charged and end up having to explain themselves. “That’s because the image of the banks is that advertising thing, look, come here, we are concerned about your health, we are your partners. Partner nothing. They are collaborating for the terrible numbers of layoffs in the economy, despite their profits being exorbitant ”, says the president of the entity.

“We have had a lot of positive feedback. People saying ‘that’s right!’ And banks have to satisfy customers, because they feel the contradiction between advertising and real life, ”he observes. “Layoffs affect service conditions. You pass through the branches and see huge lines. Especially at Bradesco, which has been doing a lot of advertising, people are seeing that the agencies do not match the advertisements. ”

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Demonstration of bank workers’ union on Avenida Paulista

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation

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São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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