The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to six banks to recall all sacked workers or face a nationwide industrial action, PUNCH reports.
The six banks are Fidelity Bank, Diamond Bank, First City Monument Bank, First Bank, Ecobank and Skye Bank.
It stated this in a letter to the management of the banks, signed by its Deputy General Secretary, Chris Uyot, on behalf of its President, Ayuba Wabba.
The NLC said that the decision was taken after it was informed by the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees of the arbitrary mass sacking of workers without adherence to labour laws.
The letter read 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.