By Elizabeth BanyiTabi
Scores of employees of Standard Chartered Bank in Douala and with extension, those of the branch in Yoaunde have manifested a strike action against what they perceived as marginalisation on their rights.
The strike action which began Monday, May 22nd lasted for 72 hours. The workers had reported on duty , all dressed in black as they decried violations on their economic benefits which they say, have been greatly reduced to almost nothing following the ongoing internal deals.
It should be recalled that, Standard Chartered Bank announced it’s departure from Cameroon in April , 2022. They current owner yet unknown to the workers , has since been in negociations with the various stakeholders.
But the workers say, they have been subjected to pressure in view of uncertainties as the new employer is said to have embraced the option of redundancy and or voluntary resignation .
According to the communique signed by the Trade Union representative, Njoya Ngoudikou Thomas Désire, notifying the management on the strike action, they cited violations of the Labour Code , the COBAC , the OHADA law and the collective sectorial convention on internal regulations.
The union’s communique said, management disregard to the provisions of the above laws on workers protection and the decision taken by the adhoc community is unacceptable.
They have by communique, demanded on hierarchy to ensure those affected are indemnified accordingly .
They have insisted on management to take appropriate measures for workers social rights to be respected. They said, negociations between the outgoing and incoming employer were not to be concretised when a tradeoff for workers is yet to be settled.
In response to the strike action, the management of SCBC have notified the general public that, they are fully aware of the situation of their employees in Cameroon and are committed to listen and address all concerns
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