Sacked Access Bank workers vow to continue protest across S’East
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
Tension is brewing as recently disengaged Access Bank workers, who protested their sack without benefits in Onitsha, Anambra state on January 6, had vowed to continue their protest in all the southeast states until their demands are met.
Recall that the sacked workers protested their alleged illegal dismissal without benefits, even as one of them collapsed on the process of the protest in Onitsha.
Orient Weekend gathered that the protesting ex-bank staff marched through some major roads and finally landed at the gate of Basilica of Most Holy Trinity church, Onitsha, for God to hear their prayers.
Some of them carried placards with the inscriptions: “CBN/NLC/Bankers Committee come to our rescue, Access Bank at it again, sacking staff without lay off benefits, Access Bank mystery shopping video, amidst Covid-19 Access Bank sacked 3 times in 2020, working Monday to Sunday no benefits for 10 years, over 300 sacked in Southeast on November 2020 without benefits, Access Bank show us the mystery video clip you claimed you used to rate our performance and sacked us,” among others.
Reiterating their resolve to continue the protest, their spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Afamefuna Okoye, said: “I worked with Access Bank Main Market branch, Onitsha. I was among the over 300 Access Bank staff of November, 2020, batch dismissed in the five southeast states of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia, without giving us tangible reasons, and benefits for our dismissal. So, we will continue the strike in the entire southeast states until our demands are met by Access Bank. We are done with Anambra and will tell you the next state later.
“CBN gave its directive that no bank staff should be sacked, especially at this Covid-19 pandemic; but Access Bank has sacked on three occasions in 2020. They did the first one in February, second in April and the third, which we are involved in November, making it over 300 staff sacked in southeast. People that are the bread winners that have families, after working for you for years and you ask us to go just like that, they only gave us one month salary. What will one month salary do for us in this economic hardship?
“They said they took mysterious shopping video to rate our poor performance with customers; let them show us the video clip, if what they are saying is the truth.
“The summary of what we are saying is that CBN, NLC and Bank Committees should come to our rescue. Access Bank should pay us off; if they don’t want to give us our entitlements, they should give us something that is reasonable. Even if they ask us to come back.”