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Nigerian media workers down tools

Workers of Nigeria’s government-owned media organizations – the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) commenced a three-day warning strike on Monday, rendering the country’s radio and television stations running without programmes,

Also, the national news agency was virtually shut down as most of the workers stayed out of work leaving only the management staff to render skeletal services.

The workers are clamouring for better conditions of service and better pay.

The Federated Chapel is made up of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) are the major unions driving the strike.

Also joined in the strike are workers in the culture industry who said they belonged to the media industry and have been suffering deprivation.

The affected media houses are the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Radio Nigeria, News Agency of Nigeria and Voice of Nigeria.

Executive members of the NUJ led by the General Secretary, Adolphus Okonkwo, went round media houses to monitor compliance.

“We are only asking for equitable treatment. Why would the government pay a level 10 officer in its media house US$300 a month, while those in other agencies receive about US$1,500 ?’’ he asked.

He said that workers in media houses face more danger than even those in the Economic and Financial Crime Commission-EFCC as “the latter are trained to carry arms with which they defend themselves whenever the need arises”.