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Access Bank Workers Protest ‘Inappropriate Dismissal’

Staff members of Access Bank Plc have protested their ‘inappropriate dismissal’, and non-payment of entitlements.

Protesting at the bank’s head office in Victoria Island, Lagos, the demonstrators carried placards that read: ‘Stop Access Bank brutality. More than 2,000 sacked’, ‘Access, pay us our entitlements’, ‘What does the future hold for support staff?’, and ‘Stop enslaving Nigerians in their country.’

According to the protesting workers, Access Bank terminated the contracts of more than 2,000 workers without paying their entitlements.

Speaking on the protest, Akintayo Akinyemi said: “Now that they said they don’t want us anymore, we’re entitled to gratuities. If they are saying we should go, then they should pay our entitlements, and that’s what we’re fighting for.

“The bank already scheduled a meeting with our union for December 11. They shifted the meeting to that time because of what they planned to do.

“We want them to pay our entitlements; they should pay us off so that we can do something with our lives. I’m in my mid-thirties and I have been applying for jobs since then, but they have been turning me down because of my age. I cannot get a valid job anymore.

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