Nigerian Media Organisations Get 2-week Ultimatum to Settle Journalists’ Unpaid Salaries

Nigerian Media Organisations Get 2-week Ultimatum to Settle Journalists’ Unpaid Salaries

The Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, on

Tuesday gave owners of media organisations in the country a two-week ultimatum

to settle all outstanding salaries and allowances owed their employees or risk

industrial actions.

Nigerian Media Organisations Get 2-week Ultimatum to Settle Journalists’ Unpaid Salaries

of the union, Mohammed Garba, issued the ultimatum while addressing aviation

correspondents at the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of

Nigeria, ATSSSAN secretariat in Lagos.

The President

who was accompanied by the Lagos State Chairman, Deji Elumoye, and some

national and state executive members of the NUJ, decried a situation where

“media owners owe journalists several months of unpaid salaries.”

Mr. Garba,

open secret that only very few media houses pay their workers their

entitlements on a regular basis. Most of the organizations do not have

functional condition of service. Workers in those media houses who have left

the service of their former employers find it difficult getting their

disengagement benefits.

It is an

leadership) are worried that major newspaper owners making several millions of

Naira as profit owe their employees several months of unpaid salaries,” Mr.

Garba said. “How do we talk of sanitising the industry and the profession when

some media organisations are aiding corruption by that singular act?”

“We (NUJ

to the president, the NUJ has also alerted members of the Radio and Television

Workers Union, RATTAWU and the National Union of Printing and Publishing Workers,

NUPPROW, about the proposed picketing should any of the debtor media

organisations fail to act after the expiration of the two-week ultimatum.

According

also informed the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC of this decision,’’ he said.

“We have

also used the occasion to announce that he and Fatima Abdulkareem have been

elected President and Vice Chairman respectively of the Gender Council of the

Federation of African Journalists, FAJ for the next three years.

Mr. Garba

election, during the last congress of the group, has placed on him, the NUJ and

Nigerian journalists an enormous responsibility of lifting the profession to

greater heights and maintaining the unity of African leaders.

He said his

selection is also to fight against such challenges as insecurity and unethical

conduct in the journalism profession,” he said.

The

president also decried the pilferage of the nine-member NUJ delegates’ luggage

between Lagos and Casablanca, Morocco.

The

National President also reported that a two-week ultimatum has been issued to

the management of Royal Air Maroc for the return of his luggage and that of the

National Secretary of the union, Leman Shuaib, that got missing during their

trip from Lagos to Casablanca recently.

The

till date no positive response has been received from the airline’s management

over the missing luggage, adding that a similar formal complaint would be

lodged with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, to help recover the

missing luggage, one of which had N150, 000 in it.

He said

returned to Nigeria on Monday April 1, from Casablanca, Morocco, and we have

not been able to recover the luggage until now. We would ask our lawyers to

take up the matter if after two weeks we don’t get any response from the

airlines management,’’ Mr. Garba warned.

“We

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