NLC
NLC

Amidst the crisis rocking the banking sector following the mass layoff of workers in the industry, Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has issued a 14 day ultimatum to six banks to recall all sacked workers or risk closure of the affected banks and all its outlets nationwide beginning from Thursday 16th June, 2016.
This was contained in a letter signed by the Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Chris Uyot on behalf of the President, Ayuba Wabba, which has been sent to the management of the banks.
The letter noted that the ultimatum followed reports received from its affiliate union, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, NUBIFIE, on the arbitrary sack of workers contrary to laid down procedures and the country’s extant labour laws.
NLC further accused the banks of depriving their workers the right to unionism despite spirited efforts by the union to amicably engage them (banks) in the process.
“I have been directed to notify you that we have been informed by our affiliate union, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, NUBIFIE, that your bank arbitrarily sacked a large number of workers contrary to laid down procedures and the country’s extant labour laws.
“In addition, you have also resisted unionisation of workers in your bank despite spirited efforts by the union to amicably engage you in the process.
“By this letter, we are giving your bank Fourteen (14) days ultimatum commencing from Thursday 16th June, 2016 to immediately recall all workers so sacked and allow unionisation of workers in the bank or face industrial action, which may include closure of your banks and all its outlets nationwide.
“While hoping our request meets your kind consideration, please, accept our goodwill and best regards.” The statement reads.
The banks involved are Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, Ecobank and Skye Bank.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Federal Government on the 3rd of June directed the banks to suspend the retrenchment of staff pending the outcome of the conciliatory meetings in the industry which they refused to adhere to.


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