The news just got to us that Fidelity Bank Plc has terminated the appointment of all drivers in its employ.
It would be recalled that the Management of the bank had been at daggers drawn with the drivers in the past few months over retirement benefits the drivers were entitled to.
While under the past Management headed by Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi (OFR) all drivers who retired were accorded with a used car, pre-retirement training and full retirement entitlements.
Under the current Management of Mr. Nnmadi Okonkwo, all the benefits the drivers were entitled to were either withdrawn or slashed drastically.
At a time, the management told the drivers emphatically that they were not entitled to any benefits because they were not hired directly by the bank.
We carried a story on July 25, 2017 in which the spokesman for the bank said “the bank did not sack any driver without compensation.” But the drivers denied this allegation.
Series of protests were embarked upon by the drivers hence the resolve of the bank to disengaged all drivers with a sum of a hundred thousand naira for every year each driver have spent in the bank instead of two hundred thousand they are entitled to.
The feelers the public is getting from the current Fidelity management is that the bank is no longer workers’friendly as it used to be in the past when employees welfare was paramount to the bank.
What follows after today is yet to be known as some of the drivers refused signing for their sack letters.
In another development, twelve Fidelity Bank ex-staff denied retirement entitlements were at the National Industrial Court in Lagos on Monday, July 10, 2017 for the hearing of their suit against the bank only to discover that the lawyer representing the bank failed to appear. The National Industrial Court (NIS) in Lagos on Monday fixed Sept. 22, 2017 for the hearing of the suit.
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