NLC protesting
NLC protesting

NIGERIAN Labour Congress, NLC, has announced the suspension of the planned picketing on six banks over  mass sack of workers. NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba stated this during a joint press conference by the NLC, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, and representatives of banks on the issues of retrenchment and non-unionisation in the banking industry. According to him, the decision came after an exhaustive deliberation between NLC, and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, and representatives of banks on the issues of retrenchment and non- unionisation in the banking industry. “After an exhaustive discussion, both parties agreed as follows;   NLC would suspend the picket action on account of the facts presented. “There will be an in-focus meeting (between NLC/NECA and NUBIFIE) with Diamond Bank to resolve the peculiarity of its own disengagement. “FCMB should meet with NUBIFIE to fulfil the legal requirement of discussion with the union on the retrenchment it carried out. “On Companies where unions are collecting “protection fees” without having unions on ground, the
By Kenneth Atavti
unions should ensure that they set up their branches in the said banks within 30 days from the date of the meeting; “On banks without unions, the NLC graciously heeded employers’ appeal that the issue be discussed at a tripartite meeting involving the Ministry of Labour. Hence, it will suspend its planned picket action,” the statement reads. Director General, NECA, Olusegun Oshinowo, while commending NLC for accepting NECA’s request to settle the issue of retrenchment in the banks through social dialogue, he urged the employers to always adopt a structure for a common understanding whenever an issue arises between them and their employees. “The fact is that in employer and employees relationship, there will always be issues, but the important thing is that when there are issues, there should be a structure and there should be an understanding between social partners. “It is important for them to submit themselves to social dialogue and resolution to settle the disputes. “So, what NECA and NLC have demonstrated is that there are no issues that are too big for the two parties to sit down and resolve,” he said.

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