[Lagos]–The head quarters of Fidelity Bank PLC on Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, March 6, witnessed a state of hullabaloo as about 50 drivers recently sacked by the bank barricaded it to protest alleged non-payment of their severance packages.
The workers, who were retrenched by the bank a month, carried placards and chanted solidarity songs, to express their displeasure against nonpayment of their entitlement since they were sacked.
One of them, Mr Samuel Ayuwa, said that the management of the bank sacked all drivers and refused to pay severance packages.
He said, “Since Fidelity bank does not want us again, we want the management to pay our benefits.”
“Some of us have worked for more than five years. It is our right to get our money.”
Another driver, Mr Bayo Adewale, said that dialogue between the management and the sacked drivers was inconclusive because the management was not ready to pay the entitlements.
The General Secretary of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees, Mr Muhammed Sheikh, in his response to the situation, said that the protesters were not members of the union, stating that efforts made by the organised labour to institute a workers’ union in the bank were resisted by the management.
He said that NUBIFIE would not be able to speak or negotiate on behalf of the workers since they were not members of the union.
The President, Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions, Mrs. Oyinkan Olasoye, said that Fidelity bank workers were not members of the union.
However, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the bank, Mr. Ejike Ndiulo, said that the management would soon resolve the conflict with the workers.
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