Diamond Bank workers protest

About 500 contract workers of Diamond Bank Plc on Wednesday protested at the head office of the bank in Lagos over alleged unfair practices and poor working conditions.

The contract employees, who were recruited by various vendors and agencies, assembled at the bank’s head office in Victoria Island as early as 8am and shut down its operations.

The protesting workers, mainly secretaries, drivers, office assistants, technical crew members and front desk operators, lamented alleged inhuman treatment from the bank.

Chanting solidarity songs, they demanded from the management their tax clearance cards, National Housing Fund contributions, pension fund, gratuity and career progression plan, among other.

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The workers accused the management of being selfish and insensitive to their plight.

However, the bank said in a statement, “As a standard practice all over the world, we are not privy to the contract details between outsourced agencies and their staff. Development that requires our management intervention like the current issue, will, and is being discussed with the management of the outsourced company to resolve their issues in a swift and amicable manner.

“In the interim, we want to emphasize that the day-to-day activities of the bank will not be interrupted by third-party persons with whom we do not have any contract or dispute.”

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