Labour threatens to picket banks over mass sack
Both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) will picket banks that have retrenched workers in the coming days, President of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama has said.
Speaking on the gale of retrenchments in the banks and other financial institutions in recent days yesterday on the sidelines of the just-concluded International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland, Kaigama said both TUC and NLC were strategizing with a view to picketing the erring banks.
Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on banks, insurance and other financial institutions has summoned the Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefuele, Director General of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Segun Oshinowo and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige to appear before it on Thursday on the lingering mass sack.
Kaigama insisted that employers must at all times play by the rule of engagement and respect the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs). His words: “Yes while the employer has the right to hire and fire, there are rules governing employment, which are very clear. There are Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) in every sector of the economy, which place all the issues on the table for all the major stakeholders to discuss. But some of the banks that have retrenched so far sacked their workers while labour leaders are here attending the 105th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Minister of Labour and Employment has made the disposition of the Federal Government on the matter known that it will not tolerate mass sack at this time.
“Government has also shown that while it cannot force employers not to sack workers, it must be appreciated that government has a responsibility to protect citizens. As organized labour, we will examine all the matters that let to the redundancy and see if the rules are followed. What is clear is that we will react accordingly to the development.”