The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) on Saturday spoke against the sack of 145 staff members of Television Continental and Radio Continental.
The 145 workers were relieved of their duties on Friday.
Speaking to newsmen, the unions pointed out their grouse with the manner of the sack as the, in their opinion, due process was not followed.
Deji Elumoye, Lagos NUJ Council Chairman, said investigations show a disparity in the remuneration system in TVC.
According to him, there exists a system where a few expatriates and management staff earned more salaries than the entire workforce.
We even have the case of an expatriate whose salary is more than half of the salaries of the entire workforce that has been sacked.
I do not know why the company had that type of structure at the top, where an individual is earning more than what the 145 disengaged staff were earning.
The sack came at a very wrong time when the media is going through a trying period and we believe the management did not get their priorities right.
Elumoye explained that information available to the union showed that the staff were served letters after a long wait, without their severance packages.
We want to engage the management on why they have disengaged the staff without provision for their severance packages.
It has been in the news for some time, the management ought to have worked on it and given them their cheques, compute their entitlements and also give it to them.
To us, an injury to one is an injury to all and that is why we (the NUJ) will engage the management on why they should do this, especially when they are talking of their 10th anniversary.
The chairman explained that by next week, the union would take up the issue to see if the management could reverse its decision.
What are the parameters used in laying off more than half of the workforce and why such a drastic decision?
In his contrinution, Dare Durosimi, RATTAWU Lagos Council Chairman, reiterated that the sack is ill-timed.
I think this happened because of the economic situation. They want to restructure to make more money; all the same, we are shocked about this.
We will go into the issue to know what happened so that we can come up with an official position.
We will visit the organisation and also see the affected staff, so as to take necessary action.
Even if the sacked staff officially belong to our union or not, the union would still stand for them.
The media outfits are reportedly owned by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state.topics from