The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has directed its members to stop accepting disengagement letters from their employers without authority from the union.
The NUBIFIE President, Mr Hassan Adeleke, told journalists in Lagos on Tuesday that the directive was necessary because of mass sack of bank workers since August last year.
Adeleke urged affected banks to respect labour laws by recalling workers that were sacked without due processes. According to him, the banks need to adhere to laid down guidelines and negotiate good severance packages before sacking workers.
He said that a major objective of the association in the New Year was improved relationship between workers and bank managements to ensure job security. â€œWe believe in dialogue and collective agreement. Any thing that is alien will be unacceptable because we will not support plans that will not be in the interest of workers,â€ Adeleke said.
He said that the union planned to meet with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) before the end of January over the problems in the financial sector. Adeleke said that the mass sack had been a source of worry to the union and that the union would continue to dialogue with banks over the mass sack.
The NUBIFIE president advised relevant authorities to involve stakeholders and follow due processes in the merger and acquisition of the banks affected by the CBN reform. He assured the workers that the association would strive to stop further violation of due process and ensure that their condition of services was improved.