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German Job Action Leaves Some Bank ATMs Short of Cash

Debt-crippled Greece might be struggling but it was Germany where banks ran low on money Tuesday after job action left some ATMs short of cash.
Bank notes are withdrawn at ATM in Berlin.
Bank notes are withdrawn at ATM in Berlin.Soeren Stache / picture-alliance/dpa

MAINZ, Germany – Debt-crippled Greece might be struggling to stay in the Eurozone but it was Germany where banks were running low on money Tuesday, after job action by couriers left ATMs in Berlin short of cash.

Cash machines at 18 banks in around the German capital were affected by the ongoing workplace dispute involving 150 employees at money-courier service Prosegur, according to broadcaster RBB.

“We still have shortages for many of our ATM machines in the city,” Commerzbank spokesman Mathias Paulokat told NBC News.

“With the help of another provider and special deliveries we have supplied cash to many of our outlets and are asking customers to draw cash at the counter,” Paulokat said.

Prosegur declined to comment on the number of banks or cash machines affected.

“A couple of days ago, all four ATM machines at our local Deutsche Bank outlet had out-of-order signs as a result of the strike,” Berlin resident Michele Sani told NBC News.

“I had to find another cash machine at a different bank where luckily I didn’t have to pay any service charges,” he said.

Prosegur said in a news release that a dispute with German union, Verdi, is related to the wage agreement of employees in Potsdam, near Berlin. Prosegur has a total of 4,200 employees in Germany.

It denied claims that Berlin was running out of cash. "Despite the ongoing warning strike, we are still able to supply a significant amount of ATMs with cash. There is no shortage of cash in the region of Berlin and its surroundings," a company statement read.


- Andy Eckardt