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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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?”
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.
also informed the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC of this decision,’’ he said.
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.
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.
president also decried the pilferage of the nine-member NUJ delegates’ luggage
between Lagos and Casablanca, Morocco.
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.
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.
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.