Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Wednesday, issued a 14-day ultimatum, starting from Thursday to six banks “to immediately recall all workers so sacked, and allow unionisation of workers in the banks, or face industrial action”.
Addressed to each managing director, the “notice of industrial action”, which was sent to the Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monumental Bank, First Bank, Eco Bank and Skye Bank, also warned that the industrial action may include the “closure of your banks and all its outlets nationwide”.
Signed by the NLC Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Chris Uyot, the notice particularly observed that the blatant retrenchments carried out by the banks were without recourse to several correspondences.
“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 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 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,” each letter read.