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Regional News Thu, 3 Mar 2016

Metro TV workers to protest over ‘poor’ salaries

Unionized employees of Accra-based private television station, Metro TV, will wear red arm bands from today [Thursday], to protest against recent salary adjustments that excluded them, describing the development as discriminatory.

The employees say they are angered by management’s decision to increase salaries of just a few employees to the neglect of the others.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the Chairman of the Local Union of Metro TV, Joe Quartey said: “We are trying to make our views known that there is an intended purpose. We are wearing our red arm bands from today [Thursday], to register our displeasure about what is happening with regards to adjustment of salaries of some workers while others are left behind.”

“All our workers are unionized people so why do you decide that a particular department has to get adjustment in their salaries when we are all unionized workers. The workers are not motivated; you should see their gloomy faces when they come to work. What we are trying to do is to tell management that we are not happy with the situation. People get 25 percent while the most important people, production people are being left out. What you have done for Paul, do for Peter. That is all what we are saying,” he further explained.

According to him, efforts by employees to negotiate with management have also proved futile.

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“We have been trying to negotiate but some management people are saying that they are not going to increase salaries whether we like it or not and this is not helping matters.”

Metro TV struggling

Metro TV, a once vibrant Television station, appears to be struggling in recent years. The station, once known and applauded for its news package and other innovative programmes, now has a viewership of 4.4 and 4.8% respectively, according to GeoPoll research in the third and fourth quarters of 2015.

This is not the first time employees of the company are protesting over poor salaries and conditions of service.

The free to air station started operating in Ghana in 1997, expanding its coverage to many parts of the country.But today, its coverage has reduced with some regions unable to watch their programmes.

Source: citifmonline.com
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