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A section of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) employees claim their West African boss has made their working time unbearable.

The employees accuse managing director Olabayo Veracruz of treating them with disdain.

“He shouts at our bosses in front of us, which we find very humiliating and unprofessional. Many of us spend a lot of time crying in the toilets because of the humiliation,” reads a complaint letter to Banking Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU), Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) and the Department for Immigration.

 The workers claim they have been barred from carrying mobile phones into meetings, which sometimes last throughout the day.

According to the employees, the mobile veto was communicated in a memo dated October 18, 2018.

They claim turnover in the last three months after Olabayo took over is so high as a result of the hostile work environment.

“He says he has a list of staff that must leave the bank, though they are not aware of any wrongdoing. He acts at the whim of a senior female manager who calls the shots at the bank,” one of the employees claimed. In a statement to The Nairobian, the bank said it has commenced discussions with BIFU over the complaints raised by staff.

“The bank’s operations are guided by duly approved policies and procedures which are strictly adhered to and it has indeed met and commenced discussions with the Banking Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) towards addressing the raised issues,” read the statement.

The bank assured that it is a professional institution with strong core values that recognise employees as an important asset.

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