JOINT BODY OF THE NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS (NUJ) / RADIO, TELEVISION, THEATRE AND ARTS WORKERS UNION (RATTAWU) Glory FM Chapels
January 7, 2016.
The Joint Body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union in the Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation has directed all members to stay away from the planned certificate verification exercise by the new General Manager, John Idumange as agreed at congress.
They said after several attempts by the unions’ leaders to meet with Idumange with a view to addressing the brewing industrial unrest and disaffection among staff caused by him barely a month of assuming office, he has tacitly declined.
As unions, they maintained they could no longer stand and watch Idumange continue to undermine established Public Service procedures by appointing far junior officers to oversee their superiors, arrest of three staff for alleged misconduct with the police without exploring internal service mechanisms, labeling staff as criminal in the public and issuing query to same staff on account of his responding to such name-calling.
The unions have also expressed dismay that the new General Manager is yet to hold a general staff meeting nor with management to be properly acquainted before acting.
In a recent letter to John Idumange that was copied to security agencies, the Head of Service and the Bayelsa state Commissioner for Information; the sister labour unions said they can no longer guarantee industrial peace should Idumange fail to put on hold the certificate verification exercise, which they say they are not against, but should be part of the process.
They are insisting that Idumange should put ‘first things first’.
Chairman NUJ 08161751526
Chairman RATTAWU 08036631318