Civil servants to picket GTB over illegal restrictions


The Protesters

The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) has threatened to mobilise her members nationwide to picket Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) offices across the country over ‘illegal restrictions of the union accounts’.

In a letter addressed to the Managing Director of GTB through the Abuja regional manager, dated March 14, 2019, the union said the bank’s action prevented her from performing financial obligations to the staff and members of the union.

The letter, which was signed by the AGS/HOD organising and state council affairs, Comrade Nehemiah Ogem, urged members of the union to occupy the bank offices by Monday, 18th March, 2019.

The letter, which was also copied the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), warned that the picketing/occupation of the bank premises nationwide would remain until the restriction of accounts is lifted.

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It said: “You will recall that the illegal restrictions was placed on our accounts 0264323757 and 002550244 since January, 2019. This restriction was placed without any valid court order.

“Since then, all efforts by us and intervention of Nigeria Labour Congress in her letter dated February 12th, 2019 have not yielded any positive response from the bank.

“Your illegal restrictions on our afore-mentioned accounts have caused this union serious embarrassment as we can no longer meet our financial obligations to our staff and members.

“Consequent upon the foregoing, we are left with no option than to mobilise our members across the 36 states and FCT to picket and occupy all GTB offices in their state capitals with effect from Monday, 18th March, 2019”.



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