A call has been made to Federal Government by the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) to implement the new media salary structure in order to improve the standard of living of media practitioners in Nigeria.
Speaking at the union’s Central Working Committee and National Executive Council meeting in Asaba, the President of the Union, Mr Oluwayemisi Bamgbose, urged the federal government to put into implementation the new salary scheme.
Reports say that the meeting has as its theme, “the living wages, challenge in the media and cultural sectors’’.
According to Bamgbose, media workers should be given their pride of place like other specialised institutions in the country.
He said that the delay in the implementation of the union’s recommendation was regrettable but the struggle would be sustained to enhance media workers living standard.
“We are converging here basically on the new media salary. We have met with government and the ministry of information, a committee of all heads of the parastatals agencies had signed the salary structure.
“We sent it to the government since April and nothing is happening, so we are here to make a way forward.
“And what we are proposing is for the government to pay us what other sectors like medical and education, among others, are earning.
“We have to fight for our right and this is a battle of the entire media workers and the cultural sector,’’ Bamigbose emphasised.
He commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his development stride in the state, especially the peaceful atmosphere experienced during the meeting.
He also called on the governor to implement 100 per cent of whatever the Federal Government approved for the union members in the state.
Responding, Uduaghan, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Oma Djebah, said the state was media-friendly and would do all it could to sustain the relationship.
The governor, while commending the union for its contributions, described it as the life wire of any media house.
“Like the union’s president earlier said, Delta is a peaceful state and the government is determined to take the state to a greater height.