Banks have decided to open their doors from 9:00 am to 4:00 am after ending their shortened business hours in time for next Monday, when the indoor mask duty is lifted.

In the meantime, there have been many citizens complaining of inconvenience, but the financial unions are still protesting.

This is reporter Nam Jung-min's report.


The shutter goes down without fail at 3:30 in the afternoon.

I often ran, ran, and waited for a long time to see banking work.

According to the strengthening of social geolidugi, banks have reduced business hours since July 2021, but they did not return even after the distancing was lifted.

As public opinion deteriorated due to citizens complaining of inconvenience, the finance labor and management sat down, but there was little progress in negotiations.

The financial authorities, who have repeatedly pressured the normalization of business hours, even mentioned a 'strong response'.

[Lee Bok-hyeon/Director of Financial Supervisory Service (Yesterday): We have such a tendency to respond strongly anyway to expressing opinions in an illegitimate form...


Without the consent of the union, major banks eventually decided to normalize their business hours from Monday, the 30th.

As a result, banks are open again from 9am to 4pm.

It's been about a year and a half.

All five major commercial banks, foreign banks, regional banks, and savings banks are eligible.

[Commercial bank official: To alleviate the inconvenience felt by customers, we have decided to normalize working hours at all branches from Monday, and we are currently preparing.] The

financial union is still protesting, insisting on opening at 9:30 am.

The union plans to announce its position on the 30th, saying that it will actively consider applying for a provisional injunction against the management's unilateral normalization policy while discussions are underway.

(Video coverage: Oh Young-choon · Kim Nam-seong, video editing: Jung Yong-hwa)