NUJ and RATTAWU begin 3days warning strike

(December 17, 2014) The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Radio Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union, RATTAWU have today (Wednesday) commenced a three-day warning strike to press home their demands including a media salary structure, and for an enabling law to make broadcast organisations direct beneficiaries of radio and T.V license rates being collected by local governments.

Other demands are the non implementation of Weigh-ln allowance for workers in some state owned broadcast stations, correction of anomalies in the calculation of pensions which led to the short payment of retirees in the broadcast sector as well as postponement of the date for digitization of the broadcast media in the country because of the absence of an enabling law to guide the process. 

In a statement, the unions believe that state government owned television and radio stations have no structure in place necessary for the planned digitization scheduled for next year.

The unions vowed to embark on an indefinite strike if their demands are not addressed at the end of the warning strike which ends on Friday.

The struggle for a media salary structure began in 2010 when the late Professor Dora Akunyili was Minister of Information. 

Professor Akunyili who agreed that the salary of media workers in government owned organisations was poor set up a committee to work out a proper structure, the recommendations of which is yet to be implemented.

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