Some of the 800 recently sacked workers of Mainstreet Bank (former Afribank), on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State Government House in Ikeja, to protest what they called wrongful termination of their appointments.
The placard-carrying protesters, numbering 200, demanded full payment of their terminal benefits by the bank. The protesters, who were, however, prevented from going to the governor’s office, gave a letter addressed to Gov. Babatunde Fashola, to one of his aides.
The aide told the protesters that the governor was ``unavailable’’. The spokesman of the protesters, Mr Michael Akintola, told NAN that what the bank offered them as entitlements were grossly inadequate. ``It smacks of injustice and exploitation.
The Federal Government had directed the management of the bank not to lay off its workers. Our dismissal is a violation of that directive. ``Even when an adequate explanation was not provided for our dismissal, we were given between N20, 000 and N100, 000 as terminal benefits for all the years we spent in the bank.
``We want the governor to help us to inform President Goodluck Jonathan that the bank has cheated us and that they have left us hungry, after serving meritoriously for over 30 years, ’’ he said.
Akintola also accused the bank's management of withholding their investments in the bank. ``They should pay us our full benefits, they should pay us our investments in the bank`s Legacy Fund. ``The least each of us contributed to that fund was N2.5million. We are shocked that they asked us to go without giving us our money, ’’he added.