TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has commended the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, over his position on the intra union crisis involving Union’s Bank of Nigeria, UBN, Plc unit of the Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, affiliated to Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the national body of ASSBIFI, affiliated to TUC, at a meeting held on 28 January 2011 with some labour leaders on the Union Bank crisis.
In a statement by its Secretary General, Chief John Kolawole, TUC said: “We hail the minister’s refusal to recognize an illegal body, as illegality can never be hoisted on leg ality no matter how hard the situation is especially when it concerns industrial relations issues whose laws are explicitly written down and well interpreted under the various Acts, Constitution and Legislations. This is where we stand and we also have history to back it up. TUC therefore challenge any individual, groups or organizations that says otherwise to answer the following questions; can only two units in a sector constitute an industrial union out of 44 units that are also unionized by Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, ASSBIFI, with its headquarters located at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.”
“It is ironical for comrades who are antagonistic to rebellious and unregistered groups in their unions to stand up to condole this act of illegality. No leader will encourage rebellion in the union just as much as he/ she can not accept to be mobilized for any such cause. We have advised our affiliate to move in to Union Bank and engage the management on the issues in disputes. We expect that within a couple of days proper in-house leadership set-up will be installed and together with the national secretariat of ASSBIFI will take control of matters.”