Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Moves to Close Banks for Sacking Workers

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Moves to Close Banks for Sacking Workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is making moves to picket banks that sacked their workers in the last few months.

The labour union said it will not hesitate to close up the six banks that have been named in the sack spree in which many Nigerians have been thrown into labour market.

In a letter signed by NLC Deputy General Secretary, Chris Uyot, said the union would be closing the headquarters and branches of banks that were involved in this if they fail to call back the affected workers.

The letter gave the banks two-week ultimatum to rescind its decision or face picketing after the expiration of the deadline.

The union said that despite several letters written to the banks to recall the sacked workers and not to embark on fresh layoff, the banks have refused to obey.

Mentioned among the banks were Ecobank, First Bank, First City Monument Bank, Skye Bank and Diamond Bank.

However, the Nigeria Employers Consultative Assembly is not taking it lightly either, the group says that the labour union and government have no right to picket their companies.

The group accused the government of delving into issue that did not concern it at all, adding that hiring and firing of workers has been an old culture in the labour market.

The current economic recess, no doubt, is making so many employers to streamline the strength of their workers.

The letter reads: “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 arbitrarily sacked workers recently, contrary to laid down procedures and the country’s extant labour laws.

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