FG Directs Banks To Suspend Retrenchment Of Workers

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

“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,” a statement signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said.

“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,” it said.

“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.

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