The former workers of Honeywell Flour Mills (HFM) Plc, on Thursday, embarked on a peaceful demonstration over the decision of Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Pic to deduct gratuity from their severance package.
The protest took place at the company’s Tincan office, as the ex-workers brandished
placards reading, “our gratuity deductions a daylight robbery”
During the protest, more than 25 ex-staff blocked the entrance to Honeywell’s main gate,
preventing workers and trucks from going in and out of the firm for more than three
FMN had received regulatory approval to acquire HFM from Honeywell Group in April 2022.
Following the takeover, HFM sacked almost 100 workers on July 28, 2023, according to
Nnanmdi Fidelis, a former supervisor in the firm’s mills department
However, almost two months after the layoff, the former employees are yet to receive
their severance package.
They accused FMN of trying to short-change them by deducting gratuity — paid to the ex-
staff as far back as 2016, seven years before the acquisition — from their severance
The former workers questioned why FMN wants to deduct the gratuity despite paying the
gratuity of their own workers and ex-workers.
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