Re­trenched Unity Bank work­ers pe­ti­tion bank man­age­ment

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

Some re­trenched staff of Unity Bank Plc have pe­ti­tioned the man­age­ment of the bank on the non­pay­ment of their en­ti­tle­ments five months af­ter their dis­en­gage­ment.

In a pe­ti­tion ad­dressed to the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the bank through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), the re­trenched staff al­leged that the bank’s man­age­ment has “de­lib­er­ately and for un­jus­ti­fi­able rea­sons re­fused to pay their exit ben­e­fits and en­ti­tle­ments, in­clud­ing all pre­vi­ously ac­crued en­ti­tle­ments prior to the ter­mi­na­tion of their em­ploy­ment with­out of­fer­ing any ex­pla­na­tion for the de­lay till date in fla­grant dis­obe­di­ence to the ex­tant labour laws.”

The pe­ti­tion, signed by one Dare Falana on be­half of other re­tired staff and dated Septem­ber 11, 2015, threat­ened le­gal ac­tion against the bank if it failed to ful­fil its obli­ga­tions to the ex-bankers.

The pe­ti­tion­ers fur­ther al­leged that the bank paid some monies early Septem­ber to a few of the laid-off work­ers, “but the pay­ment al­legedly fell short of the to­tal ben­e­fits and en­ti­tle­ments due to those who were paid, while the rest were not paid at all.”

The re­trenched staff lamented that while the ben­e­fits and en­ti­tle­ments of the top man­age­ment staff af­fected were paid, those of the lower cadre were left unat­tended to.

But in a re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion, the bank, through its le­gal of­fi­cers, Alaba Wil­liams and Hamisu Sani, Heads, Le­gal Ser­vices Depart­ment and Le­gal Ser­vices re­spec­tively dis­so­ci­ated the bank from any wrong, main­tain­ing that it places a premium on meet­ing its due obli­ga­tions to de­serv­ing ex-staff of the bank in ac­cor­dance with the bank’s poli­cies.

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