Emerging report indicates that Bank
workers under the aegis of Association of Senior Staff of Banks,
Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, have given a notice to
the Federal Government of their intention to embark on an indefinite
This came barely one month after University Lecturers and Resident Doctors called off their nationwide industrial actions.
An official of the Association, who
disclosed this on condition of anonymity, said the sack of 281 workers
by one of the old generation Banks was not justified, as it did not
align with the Labour Act and Collective Agreement.
To drive home its
resolve, the source said the Association had forwarded a letter to the
Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.
Chris Ngige, notifying it of the Association’s intention to commence the
industrial action, beginning with the affected Bank on October 24,
before inviting other Banks to participate
According to the letter dated October
11, 2017, and referenced ANS/ORG/ GO/YOS/338, which was obtained the
Association, noted that its decision followed previous notice already
given to the Bank on September 29, after several letters and meetings to
enable both parties to resolve the impasse over the workers’ improper
According to the letter: “We will
commence our action by calling on fellow Nigerians to make some
withdrawals from their accounts with the Bank, to enable them to have
enough provisions for the period of the industrial dispute.
“Also, if there is no quick response, other Banks will be called out on sympathy strike by the Association.”
Post-Nigeria recalls, that in the last one year, over 10,000 workers lost their jobs across all the Banks in the country.
A recent statistics released by the
National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, revealed that 8,663 workers lost
their jobs in the first half of 2017. The data showed that an average of
360 people were sacked every week, from January to June 2017.