“I have been directed to inform you that, it has been brought to our notice by our affiliate union, the National Union of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) that your bank is one of those that have arbitrarily sacked a large number of workers in recent times contrary to laid down procedures and the country’s extant labour laws.
Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has drawn a battle line with managements of six banks which recently laid off their workers due to the current economic hardship in the country.
The Labour Congress in separate letters written to managements of Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, EcoBank and Skype bank signed by its Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Chris Uyot on behalf of its President Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the banks have up to 14 days starting from Thursday June 16 to recall the sacked workers or face industrial action.
In one of the letters, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, NLC warned that all the affected banks and their branches nation wide would be closed for business on the expiration of the ultimatum if the workers were not called back.
It lamented that the etrenchments were carried out without recourse to several correspondence, including letters and circulars sent by it to the banks’ managements to retrace their steps in line with best practices in labour relations and laws of the land.
The letter titled NOTICE ON MASS SACK OF WORKERS IN YOUR Bank reads in part:
Also, of concern has been that these blatant retrenchments were carried out without recourse to several correspondence, including letters and circulars sent to you by the union to retrace your steps in line with best practices in labour relations and laws of the land.
By this letter, we are giving your bank Fourteen (14) days ultimatum commencing from Thursday 16th June, 2016 to recall all the sacked workers or face industrial action, which may include ensuring that your bank and all its outlets are closed for business nationwide”.