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Stop Sacking Workers, FG Orders Banks, Others

Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The Federal Government on Friday directed banks, insurance and financial institutions to suspend the on-going retrenchment in the sector.

The directive was contained in a statement signed by Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, in Abuja.

“Following spate of petitions and complaints from stakeholders in the banking, insurance and financial institutions, I hereby direct the suspension of the on-going retrenchment pending the outcome of the conciliatory meetings in the industry.

“This is as a result of the apprehension by my office of the various disputes in the sector in accordance and in compliance with the provisions of the labour laws of Nigeria,: the minister said.

The statement added that the decision was predicated on the fact that the continued retrenchment and redundancy in the sector were jeopardising the outcome of the reconciliatory and mediatory processes undertaken by the ministry.

“In this wise, all the retrenchments and redundancies done in the last four months and all proposed ones should be put on hold pending the outcome of the proposed stakeholders’ summit for the banking, insurance and financial institutions’ employers and employees, slated for the first week of July 2,” the statement read in part.

However, Ngige advised all parties in the interest of industrial peace and harmony to maintain the status-quo ante-belum.