Bank employees below the auspices of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and monetary establishments workers (NUBIFIE), are making ready for a headlong collision with Ecobank Nigeria, for sacking regarding 1,200 personnel nationwide while not recourse to the union.
NUBIFIE additionally insisted that it’ll not tolerate the lender’s poor severance package to the affected employees, who were majorly contract employees, language it’s not value rejoicing once fixing all their years into the task.
The Union threats come back on the rear Ecobank’s management action last week Friday, that saw the sacking of 1,200 employees across branches nationwide, that largely tellers and cashiers.
President of NUBIFIE, Anthony Abakpa, in an exceedingly interview with The Guardian yesterday, said they’ll contest the action in public, to confirm that the proper issue is completed, and the respect of negotiation also obtained.
He said the foremost painful part of the full unlawful retrenchment was the alleged fraud perpetrated by the bank in connivance with the outsourcing corporations.
Abakpa, said the severance package was a humiliation compared to the years of labor the employees had place in, saying: “Some of them who had spent six to thirteen years, just for the bank to pay them peanuts of N52,000; N86,000; N100,000, and therefore the highest that would visit them was N125,000.
“We aren’t saying that they can’t sack them, but we are saying they should call us to bargain for them on their severance package.
“We don’t even grasp the explanation behind the severance package. What indices did they use in shrewd their severance benefit?
“At the use purpose, they told them if they work fine they’ll convert them to permanent employees. several of them place in their best, hoping they might be promoted in no distant time, and unexpectedly they simply flushed them out.”
However, Ecobank is convinced of no wrongdoing in its actions, language in an exceedingly statement created out there that “Ecobank isn’t supposed to renew its contract with the service suppliers concerned.”
Besides, it argued, the bank failed to disengage its employees, however “had determined to not renew the contract of its third party enlisting agencies, that expired recently, and as such, came this class of personnel back to those agencies who are their employers.”
Furthermore, Ecobank insisted on its generosity within the severance package, saying: “As an indication of the Bank’s concern and compassion for the affected personnel of our contractors, palliative measures were place in situ by the Bank to cushion the impact on them: These embody payment of contract halt packages of over half a billion Naira already paid through their employers yet as chance given to those with requisite qualification to use to the Bank for permanent employment.”
This is even as the loaner same is investment within the employment of full time graduates and as such over three hundred graduates are presently undergoing coaching at the Bank’s state of the art Academy, that was recently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. They’re to be absorbed into the system at the top their coaching as permanent employees.
But NUBIFIE isn’t happy with Ecobank’s defence, saying: “We will make sure that we fight for the proper of the employees. We are going to make sure that supported the amount of years they’d place in; they’ll calculate their severance profit in order that they will approach their traditional life.
“We won’t take it likely, wherever somebody in his own country would be slave, because if we do, other banks would wish to try and do an something similar.”
Similarly, outsourcing and enlisting agencies below the Human Capital suppliers Association of Nigeria (HuCaPAN), chided Ecobank for non-renewal of the contracts.
Secretary General of HuCaPAN, Solomon Adebosin, said instead of sacking the employees, the loaner ought to have absorbed them into its Academy, since they’re already intimate on the task, and urged the bank to dialogue with the third party employers on the simplest ways that to travel regarding it.
“If they claim they need an Academy to coach young graduates, will it mean the positions they sacked these employees would be clean up whereas they’re coaching the new ones? they ought to incorporate these individuals into the Academy,” he said.