June 25, 2024

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NLC’s 2-day warming strike order: Banks to be shut Tuesday, Wednesday

Most Nigerian banks, if not all, are to be shut Tuesday and Wednesday this week, following the directive by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that workers go on a 2-day warning strike.

The banks, including the United Bank for Africa (UBA) and Access Bank among others, say financial services would be withdrawn on September 5 and 6, 2023.

National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees (NUBIFIE) gave the directive in a memo dated September 2, 2023 and signed by General Secretary Mohammed I. Sheikh. It was made public on Monday.

The memo noted that the directive complied with the strike notice issued by the NLC last Thursday.

NUBIFIE also accused government of meddling in the affairs of trade unions rather than focusing on fixing the economy.

The bank workers’ notice reads in part, “In line with the communique issued after the NLC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Thursday, August 31 2023, all affiliates should direct all its members to commence two days’ withdrawal of services from Tuesday and Wednesday the 5th  and 6th September 2023.

“The directives is imperative to get the needed attention of government and warn it [against] its newfound love of meddling in the internal affairs of unions rather than addressing the punishing economic circumstances in which we find ourselves.

“We hereby direct all our organs to comply with this directive by ensuring all our members stay off duty for two days. Your co-operation in this regard will be appreciated.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government in an effort to avert the NLC warning strike, attempted to resume talks with Labour on Monday but the NLC reportedly boycotted the meeting.

Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris had said st the weekend that government would meet with leaders of the union to avert the looming strike.

“Definitely, we are hoping the warning strike can be averted. They are still engaged in discussions and have started to understand each other’s position more. They will meet again on Monday, but the gaps are being closed.”

As it turned out, only Trade Union Congress (TUC) president Osifo was sighted at the meeting venue: the NLC kept its “No-going-back”stance.

“Economic shutdown imminent in Nigeria as NLC shuns FG’s meeting on Tuesday’s nationwide strike,” is how one online news outlet headlined its report.