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NLC kicks against rising casualisation of workers in banks

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By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has kicked against the casualization in the banking sector. The State Chairperson of the NLC, Mrs Beatrice Itubo expressed displeasure that over 19 percent of the workforce in financial institutions are casuals, stressing that it is high time unions take drastic step to stop the trend.

Mrs ltubo was speaking during the Port Harcourt zonal council election of the Nation Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) held at the Labour House, Port Harcourt.

She blamed employers of enslaving their workforce by placing them as causual after serving such financial institutions for years without regularizing their appointments.

Represented at the event by the State Secretary of NLC, Mr. Mathew Olabe, the Labour leader urged the national body of (NUBIFIE) to take drastic steps to stop the obnoxious act, while commending the union for being proactive to all labour activities in the state and also urged delegates at the Port Harcourt Zonal council election to vote wisely so as to elect leader that can protect and fight for their interest when duty calls.

Also speaking at the event, the state chapter chairman of non-public sector union under the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Moford Temple called on the private sector union to forms synergy to fight ills against workers in the sector. He lamented that most banks have refused to allow their employees to join unions so that the issue of causualization will be nip in the bud.

While swearing in the newly elected officers of the Port Harcourt zonal Council, the Deputy General Secretary of the union of Banks, insurance and Financial institutions Employees, Mr. Aboderin Philip Olasola urged those sworn in to exhibit high sense of humanity in carrying out their assignment as well as be reachable when needed and commended the delegates for their show of maturity and understanding during the election process.

At the delegates conference, Comrade Ndife Francis of Ecobank was re- elected as zonal chairman, Ekpo George of First Bank, Vice chairman, lsongidiok lme Edet of Polaris Bank, Assistant secretary, Mike Mondbanor of PABOD Finance, Treasurer, Akpan Willie Anthony of Eco Bank, Financial Secretary, Barikuma Oltee of Eco Bank Auditor, Akoritha Evidence of PABOD Finance, Female Rep, while comrade Agada Joseph Okeh of Niger lnsurance was elected ex- officio member.

In his past election speech, Ndife Francis promised that the new exco would have an open door policy and urged members to work as a team.

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