There is palpable tension across the country as bank workers are set to go on a two-day warning strike from tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday.
This is in line with the directive with the Organised Labour which has called on all its affiliates to do same.
A letter dated September 2, 2023 addressed to all Zonal Councils and Domestic Committees of the National Union of Banks, Insurance & Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) signed by Mohammed I. Sheikh, General Secretary, and sighted by The Frontier, all banks nationwide are instructed to withdraw services on Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday September 6.
The strike, according to NUBIFIE, is “in compliance with the communique issued after the meeting of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday 31st August, 2023.”
“The directive is imperative to get the needed attention of government and (to) warn it of (sic) its new found love of meddling in the internal affairs of unions rather than address the economic circumstances we find ourselves.
“We hereby direct all our organs to comply with this directive by ensuring all our members stay off duties for the two days,” the letter further stated.
But speaking with www.newsmirrorng.com if banks will comply with the union’s directive, a top management staff of one of the frontline banks in the country who pleaded anonymity said, “I don’t think banks will close down. Banks do not close down. You know that when NLC issues an instruction to affiliate unions, it (NLC) expects compliance, if not they picket. But I am assuring you that banks cannot stop rendering services to customers.”
See the letter below: