As a response to the mass retrenchment in the banking sector which has led to the sacking of about 3,000 workers, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) wednesday issued a 14-day ultimatum to six banks, ordering them to recall the sacked workers or face closure their bank outlets across nationwide.
The letter of ultimatum was issued to Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, Eco Bank and Skye Bank.
In a statement, signed by the NLC Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Chris Uyot, on behalf of the President, Ayuba Wabba, the NLC said the inability of the banks to address the crisis with the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees prompted the union to take the current industrial action.
“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,” Uyot 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 14 days ultimatum commencing from today to immediately recall all workers 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.”