Nigeria’s Organised Labour on Thursday July 11, 2019, shut down the Lagos Head Office of Ecobank Plc, over its recent sack of over 1000 members of its junior employees. This was even as it has promised to extend the picketing to all of the bank’s operations in Lagos today (Friday) and nationwide from Monday should the management fail to pay adequate severance packages to the sacked employees.
Thursday’s picketing commenced at about 7 am in the morning with members of Organised Labour cutting across all affiliates of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) blocking the main entrance of the bank’s premises thereby preventing its operational vehicles from gaining entrance to offices.
The unions’ action debarred customers and workers of the bank who came in after 7am from gaining entrance into the headquarters of the Pan African bank. A staff of the bank who pleaded anonymity said the bank must have lost millions of naira due to yesterday picketing.
Meanwhile the disengaged workers had teamed up with the National Union of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions (NUBIFIE), at the picketing exercise by displying placards with inscriptions like “Ecobank pay N120,000 for 12 years services, Ecobank pay our entitlements, Ecobank worst employer of labour, Ecobank pay peanuts for workers service” among others.