Embattled workers of Mainstreet Bank trooped in their numbers to the corporate headquarters of the bank yesterday, protesting over what they said was their unlawful sack without pay by the management of the bank.
According to them, the sack was a sudden unilateral action despite ongoing negotiations and a court injunction that prevent Mainstreet from terminating their employment.
They said the rising level of unemployment in the banking sector has become a source of concern to the industry.
The sacked workers explained that there is no proper arrangement on their severance package.
One of the affected workers said: “We are not saying that we are not leaving their job. What we want is for them to pay us the right severance package that will sustain us.”
Daily Trust learnt yesterday that the affected 650 workers were given sack letters on Friday and upon collection of the letters, they were asked to sign undertaken that they would not take the management to court.
“Some of us refused to sign the letter because the sack letter did not state clearly the mode of payment of our severance package. If we are paid, some of us will not have any course to protest,” another of the sacked workers said.
It was also confirmed that some of the branches were badly affected.
“In Ogbomoso, only one operational staff was left while seven staff were sacked. Clearly, the branch has been closed for operation,” another sacked staff said.