New RATTAWU president wants increased salary for media workers

Acheme Jack, Kano

The newly elected President of the Radio, Television and Theater Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, RATTAWU, Kabir Sani says the new executive committee as a matter of urgency and priority will vigorously pursue an increment of salaries for its members.

The Union had demanded for over three hundred percent increase of salaries for its members in the media profession for over five years but has not been approved by the government.

The President of the Union, during a thank you visit to the Kano state Commissioner of Information and the state government for hosting at the 5th National Delegate Conference said that RATTAWU and other media industry workers perform their duty beyond normal working hours and are exposed to so many levels of danger because of the nature of their job, as such they deserve to be given better pay.

“We’ll will engage the government and make sure that the struggle for increment in salary is realized soonest”, stressed Sani.

Sani, who won over 70 percent of the votes cast, said the new executive has a twenty point well articulated agenda to take the union to its peak.

“Among them is the issue of digital switch over. We will ensure that all Radio and Television stations in Nigeria meet the deadline set by the government for the next two years.

“We will also work to ensure that none of our members lose his or her job in the process of the digitalization”, explained the new President.

He identified a lack of funds as one of the greatest challenges facing the union, promising that the new executives will explore new avenues of raising funds as well as do everything possible to harness the monthly check-off dues from its members.

He thanked the Kano state government for hosting the 5th National delegates Conference at a time when the state is witnessing dwindling resources due to economic recession.

“It is a great honour done to RATTAWU despite the economic recession,” he said.

The Kano State commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba said the decision to host the National Delegates Conference was borne out the state’s commitment to enhance the journalism profession in Nigeria.