Kenya's banks operated restricted services for the second day running on Tuesday (July 30) as striking clerks and tellers ignored union and Government demands to return to work.
GV Crowd outside Kenya's Commercial Bank
CU Sign "Kenya Commercial Bank"
SV Crowds outside bank
GV People trying to get in to Standard Bank
CU Sign on bank window "Open 9 am to 10 am"
SV People reading notices on another bank
CU Sign in bank window: "Sorry owing to strike bank is closed".
CU Sign on bank door "To hell with colonists etc."
GV PAN Grindlay's International Bank building closed
CU Sign on door "Wilson has ignored etc."
GV Traffic in street and people shopping (2 shots)
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Background: Kenya's banks operated restricted services for the second day running on Tuesday (July 30) as striking clerks and tellers ignored union and Government demands to return to work.
Bank officials said only a small number of workers had returned to their jobs to seek re-employment after the Kenya Bankers Association sacked them after an ultimatum yesterday.
The Government declared the strike of 5000 bank workers illegal and sent in riot police to break up a union rally in Nairobi yesterday. They also detained three shop stewards who organised the stoppage to back demands for a 20 percent pay increase.
The stopwork severely restricted trading bank operations and caused several banks across the country to close their doors.
Executives and bank managers operated cash counters in branches of the country's ten foreign and domestic banks for several hours to meet a rush of irate customers faced with large salary and cash withdrawals usual at the end of each month.
SYNOPSIS: Bank operations in Kenya have been severely restricted over the past two days by a strike of clerks and tellers.
In Nairobi, crowds gathered outside banks as the stopwork over a twenty percent pay increase demand came into effect on Monday. The Government declared the strike illegal.
With five thousand bank officers out on strike, executive staff offered restricted services at some banks while others had to close their doors completely. The Government and union demanded the strikers return to work.
Feelings in Nairobi were tense, the strike coinciding with the end of the month when large salary and cash withdrawals occur. Some irate customers directed their abuse at the parent country of the banks - in this case Britain.
Despite riot police being sent in to break up a union rally in Nairobi on Monday and three shop stewards who organised the strike being detained, life in Kenya's capital continued, on the surface, as usual - even if a little short changed.