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FNBBusiness Report writes that the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) issued a statement on Tuesday calling on First National Bank (FNB) to reinstate the so-called 'FNB4' with immediate effect.  

The organisation noted "with grave concern and disappointment" reports that FNB has dismissed four of its employees "on the basis of them exercising their democratic rights to expressing their social and political views".  The PPF drew attention to the allegation that the main reason why the employees were dismissed was due to their comments about DA leader Mmusi Maimane and "the general unhappiness with the state of oppression and racism within FNB" and generally in the country.  The PPF stated that it was further shocked that FNB would go all out to violate employees’ rights by monitoring their emails and WhatsApp chats.  Meantime, labour federation Cosatu also condemned the dismissals and demanded that FNB reconsider its decision and reinstate the employees as soon as possible. The four were seemingly fired for “political talk and using insulting language” after the bank monitored their business e-mails and WhatsApp group conversations for several months last year.

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