It is the dream of every job hunting individual to work in any capacity in companies like the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), though full time staff of the bank may be said to be living the dream from an outsider’s perspective, but this seems not to be the issue with their contract staffs who are subjected to the gimmick of the third party agreement between them and the banks.
The treatment is even more with the way their drivers are said to be living, according to some drivers in the pool of the bank, the way and manner they are being treated calls for concern. it is to note that the bank has not directly employed new drivers to be working directly for the company for many years but will rather outsource such to a third party who also make sure the drivers are badly catered for. Though there are rumors most banks give such third party contracts out to company of those related to them but it is difficult to ascertain if the GTBank had anything of such with the current company responsible for their drivers recruitment.
According to an inside source, drivers are forced to drive cars that are not in good condition for month, the information was that drivers attached to the bank are treated like they are expendable wares especially by the bank officials saddled with the responsibility of handling their affairs as fault as crucial as faulty car breaks reported are ignored by these officers until some are involved in accidents due to this negligence, knowing well that drivers in the pool of the company are running without proper pension, health insurance or medicals and even no right to belong to a labor union.
It was revealed that all a retiring driver is entitles to is a paltry one month salary which is fixed at Forty-Five Thousand naira (N45,000) despite the fact that most drivers works Mondays through Fridays depending on the bank needs, while every chance of protest is quashed by the recruiting company who never forgets to insert clauses forbidding such an act in their signed contract with the drivers and this has been shielding the bank from any form of breech of agreement and this has seen the drivers living below average for putting in so much.
Another case is a situation where the cars are given premium insurance while the drivers are rarely insured, and in an accident situation, our sources revealed the first concern of GTBank is usually their cars as quick and prompt effort are made to get their car away from the custody of any government that recovers is to probably put it in shape for for usage, while this is usually not applicable to the driver(s) involved.
This is coming on the heels of several campaigns by GTBank and every other selling the idea of corporate organisation with human feelings, it will be expected that they at least show such first to those working directly with the company instead of doing so outside on the pages of the newspapers.