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Friday, November 22, 2019

Labour Vows To Shutdown First Bank Indefinitely Over Plans To Layoff 1000 Workers

Organised labour has vowed to shut down First Bank of Nigeria over plans to sack over 1,000 of its workers without following due process.
President of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), Anthony Abakpa, told Guardian Wednesday that sack letters have already been written and likely to be rolled to the workers yesterday, said the union will make sure it didn’t happen.

He said the union, which is already at alert has written to all labour centres, including the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Association of Senior Staff of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI).

He said if the Bank should go ahead to sack the workers, they will also move swiftly into action by shutting the bank indefinitely.

“How will a bank just go ahead and sack workers without due process and without following the labour laws? If they do anything without following the labour laws, it is an infringement on the rights of the workers and we are going to act swiftly,” Abakpa assured.

Abakpa stressed that the bank must come to dialogue and negotiate good packages before sacking the workers because the Union will not support plans that will not interest workers.

“We believe in dialogue and collective agreement. Anything that is alien will be unacceptable because we will not support plans that will not be in the interest of workers.

“We have also communicated with our sister union in the bank, the Association of Senior Staff of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) so that all of us will be on the same page.”

“The Ministry has promised to call the bank for a meeting. We got to know that they said the number is not up to 1,000, but they are not denying that they have it in the pipeline to sack workers at this period of the year. We considered this unacceptable, most especially without carrying the union along.”

ASSBIFI President, Oyinkansola Olasanoye, also confirmed that the bank was in the process of disengaging the workers.

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