Sacked Workers Of Mainstreet Bank Besiege National Assembly Complex In Protest

sacked-workersRetrenched workers of the Mainstreet Bank Limited, on Tuesday, protested at the gate to the National Assembly complex, calling on the lawmakers to intervene in their case.

The workers were protesting the non-payment of the entitlements of about 670 staff members sacked across the country by the management of the bank since June, 2012.

Mr Usanga Eyo, a representative of the workers, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the protest was organised to call the attention of the National Assembly to their plight.

He said that they were sacked without any reason.

“We are not saying that the management does not have the right to disengaged staff members.

“As at the time our appointments were terminated last June, Mainstreet Bank forced many of our members to sign an undertaking not to take the bank to court before the balance of the car loans we got were written off as ex-gratia.

‘‘The bank subsequently gave wide publicity to the payment of the ex-gratia in the newspapers, making the whole world believe they were magnanimous.

Eyo said that when they were paid their gratuity, the bank deducted all the already written off car loans and Afribank Nigeria PLC shares loans, ‘in order to put our account in debit.’

“We find it difficult to understand why the bank’s executive management decided to take this hard and unkind stance, knowing full well that we were all forced by the executive management’s predecessors to take the loan and buy the Afribank shares,” Eyo said.

He said that the group had written letters to the National Assembly Committees on Banking and Finance, the Minister Labour and Productivity, informing them of their plight.

Eyo also said that letters of complaint were also sent to the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSUBIFI).

“Up until now, we have not had any reply to the letters we wrote.

“It is more sad that even ASSUBIFI that is supposed to protect us, turned its back on us.

“Keystone and Enterprise, the other nationalised banks have paid their sacked workers all their entitlements.

“We are asking Mainstreet Bank to pay us our entitlements to enable us pay the outstanding loans to the bank.”

When contacted, Mr Nduneche Ezurike, the spokesman and Head, Corporate Affairs Department of Mainstreet Bank, said he would get back to NAN with some information on the matter in 10 minute, but he later switched off his phone.