FG orders banks to comply with labour laws

The Federal Government on Thursday directed the management of banks to comply with all labour laws regulating industrial relations in the country.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave the directive during a meeting with chief executives of banks and financial institutions in the country, held in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Ngige said the ministry had received petitions from unions on alleged “sharp labour practices’’ by management of banks and other financial institutions.

He said some banks had refused to allow their staff to join unions of their choice.

“The unions also complained of non- remittance of checkup dues collected from them by banks,” NAN quoted the minister as saying at the meeting.

“They complained that in some cases the unions received what they regarded as handouts from the banks instead of checkup dues which are not the same thing.

“They also complained of imposition of executive structures even when unionization is allowed, among others.”


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