A 14-day ultimatum has been issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC to six banks, directing them to recall all sacked workers or face a nationwide industrial action.
This was made known in a letter to the management of the six banks, signed by the NLC Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Chris Uyot, on behalf of the President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba.
The affected banks are Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, Ecobank and Skye Bank.
The letter states that the congress decided to issue the ultimatum having been informed by the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees that the banks embarked on arbitrary mass sacking of workers without adherence to labour laws.
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NLC also accused the management of the affected banks of preventing unionisation of workers in spite of efforts to resolve the issue amicably.
The action has pitched the organised labour against employers of labour, with the umbrella body of the employers, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly, saying the government had no right to tell banks not to sack workers.
Uyot said that the NLC would ensure the closure of all branches of the banks across the country if all sacked workers were not recalled and workers allowed to unionise at the expiration of the ultimatum expected to take effect from June 16, 2016.
The letter reads in part;
“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.
“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 14-day 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.”