Ecobank Bank Ex Workers Protest At The Bank’s Headquarters, While The Bank’s Union Wades Unto The Matter

Over 1000 Ex Staff of Ecobank who lost their jobs few days ago, stormed the Victoria Island Headquarters of the Bank on Monday, to protest their sack and also the Bank’s inability to pay them their gratuities, which ran into Millions of Naira. The workers carried several placards to voice their anger, and also claimed that the bank has not showed any empathy about their conditions, since their sack.

None of the management staff of the bank showed up all through the protest to speak on the issue.

Meanwhile, members of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), has waded into the matter of the alleged non-payment of the bank’s ex-staff. The union berated the way the bank relieved the staff and immediately replaced them with the same number of staff.

The National President of NUBIFIE, Comrade Anthony Abakpa, who spoke exclusively with Daily Trust, said the bank management has taken the union for granted.

“Last week Friday, they sacked 800 staff and another 100 on Monday; people who have served several years, soaked their blood into the profitability of the bank and at the tail end of the whole thing, the man from nowhere, do away with our people without recourse to the union. It is abnormal and we cannot take it. We are not saying that you have to engage them by force but the numbers of years they have served, pay them their severance allowance to enable them go about their normal business.”

He said the incident is likened to slavery. According to him, Ecobank is spread across Africa, and he was sure they wouldn’t mete out same treatment to their staff in neighboring countries like Ghana, Togo or Niger Republic.

“We have brought this before the public domain to let them know that it will no longer be business as usual. The only thing that can solve this problem is for them to discuss with us. Tell us the way out and tell us how they are going to pay the severance benefits. We have started at the headquarters today and we will take these to our zonal councils. We already have the approval of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). We are going to shutdown all their branches across the country,” he added.

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