The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has threatened to mobilise all its affiliates and shut down Mainstreet Bank Limited as a result of what it called illegal termination of the appointment of 650 workers.
The Secretary-General of TUC, Comrade John Kolawole, disclosed this yesterday at a press briefing held at the union’s office, Idiroko Anthony, Lagos.
According to him, “We are shocked to receive the news that the management of Mainstreet Bank Ltd. terminated the appointment of over 650 staff members on Friday, June 22, 2012, without due process despite the injunctions given by the Ministerial Tripartite Committee.”
He went on, “The bank was instructed that no party should take any unilateral action, until the committee concludes its assignment.”
Kolawole recalled that in the course of the committee’s assignment, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity had written a letter to the bank to maintain the status quo by adhering to the above directive.
His words, “The union has sought and wished that issues be resolved through constructive social dialogue by reporting all the negative attitudes of the bank’s management to the ministry officials and by physically being present in all meetings to resolve the problem amicably.”
The Trade Union Congress viewed the action of the bank as the height of provocation and lawlessness which is condemnable.
Kolawole explained that the bank’s management sent the sack letter through email to the workers which he referred to as illegal.
The union therefore demanded the reversal of the terminations and other anti-labour acts immediately, saying that if the bank fails to adhere to the instruction, it would mobilise its affiliates and shut down the operations of the bank nationwide.