Labour Issues 14-Day Ultimatum To Banks To Recall Sacked Workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has waded in on the mass purge in the banking sector by issuing a 14-day ultimatum to the six affected institutions to recall all sacked workers or face a nationwide industrial action.

In a letter to the managements of the six banks, signed by the Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Chris Uyot, on behalf of the President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, the NLC said it was alerted to the arbitrary mass sacking in the sector by the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, according to Punch.

The concerned banks are Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, Ecobank and Skye Bank.

Uyot warned that Labour would ensure the closure of all branches of the banks across the country should they default on the ultimatum which comes into effect from June 16, 2016.

“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 that your bank has arbitrarily sacked a large number of workers contrary to laid down procedures and the country’s extant labour laws,” Ufot said.

“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 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.”