Co-operative bank employees staged a 24-hour strike on Tuesday over demands for a return to the salaries they enjoyed before the crisis led to pay reductions.
The bank workers are demanding a gradual return of at least part of the income they lost when salaries were temporarily scaled down in an agreement that set out a 2014-2018 timeline.
The say that have been sacrificing an average 15% of their salaries to support the Co-operative banking movement during the financial crisis, contributing €100 million so far. They have also sacrificed getting raises they would otherwise have expected, the workers say.
With 77% of the members of the branches of worker unions SEK, PEO and PASIDY showing up for a relevant vote last month, 97% had said they were in favour of the strike.