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NLC condemns mass sack in banks

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA — The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday condemned the on-going mass retrenchment of workers in the banking industry, saying it was designed to cause more hardship for Nigerian workers and deepen the country’s economic crises.

The NLC, therefore, said it would soon encourage an indefinite strike action by bank workers in the state as a way of registering its opposition to the reforms.

State Chairman of the congress, Daniel Bissallah, made the position of the union known at a news conference he jointly addressed with the affiliate members of the NLC in the banking sector.

The affiliate unions include the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees and the Association of Senior Staff of Banks.

Already, the Insurance and Financial Institution Employees has been directed to commence the mobilisation of their members for the looming strike action.

Bissallah expressed regrets that the reforms being carried out by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in the banking sector had resulted in massive retrenchment of the already impoverished Nigerian workers, pointing out that the situation did not augur well for the growth of the nation’s economy.

He also urged the Federal Government to call Sanusi to order as his action was “threatening national security.”
The union, however, appealed to Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State to intercede on its behalf, by reporting the matter to the Presidency for proper attention.

According to the congress, “the economic indices all over the world and with particular reference to Nigeria show that there is a nosedive that has made the issue of unemployment a monster, especially among the teeming youths.


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