In a document submitted to the Irish government, Ireland’s Financial Services Union (FSU) has accused banks in the country of employing “sneaky” “trojan horse” tactics to shift from physical cash to cashless transactions.

Covid 19 was used by Irish banks as a reason to reduce hours and services, and although the country has moved past Covid protocols, many banks have not gone back to normal. The FSU said in an attempt to push people toward online banking, and banks are intentionally understaffing branches, not repairing cash ATMs, and not answering their phones.

 

“The banks have used Covid and the transition from it to force people on to digital platforms, whether they want to or not,” according to FSU General Secretary John O’Connell. “The lack of staffing… is chronic in banks for a reason. It creates long queues. It is the same with the phone lines.”

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According to Breitbart News, the shift towards a cashless society has been propelled by the World Economic Forum and is an issue not only in Ireland but worldwide.

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Those pushing for a cashless society aim to move the world toward the “great reset” where bank funds can be withheld if the government desires and its citizens are left without cash to make necessary purchases.

 

 

The U.K.’s government was responding to citizens’ need for cash access and announced that it would be adding legislation to protect physical cash as banks close branches across the country. John Glen, the U.K.s Economic Secretary, said,

“Millions of people across the U.K. still rely on cash, particularly those in vulnerable groups, and today we are delivering on our promise to ensure that access to cash is protected in communities across the country,” and “I want to make sure that people are still able to use cash as part of their daily lives, and it’s crucial to ensure that no person nor community across the U.K. is left behind as we embrace a more digital world.”

Bank Informer said the same push is at work in the U.S., with the Bank of America CEO wanting to move toward a cashless society.

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