The 24 hours strike embarked upon by Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Radio, Television and Theater Workers Union (RATTAWU) on Monday is a victory for members because it has fast-tracked the process of actualising the new salary structure for the practitioners.
Also, it has made the employers of labour to have more Understanding and appreciation of the hazards faced by Journalists in the daily performance of their duties.
Chairman, Rivers State Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Mr Opaka Dokubo stated this in a chat with The Tide in Port Harcourt immediately after the suspension of the three days nationwide strike embarked upon by NUJ and RATTAWU to press home their demands for enhanced salary structure.
He told The Tide that the process for actualising on enhanced salary structure for journalists due to the risk and enormous challenges of practicing the profession in the country has been on for a very long period lamenting that over the years, the issue has been swept under the carpet.
According to the state NUJ boss, Monday’s strike embarked by the affected Unions made the minister of information and communication, Professor Dora Akunyili and her labour counterpart, Hon. Emeka Nwogu to Step up the process of enhancing salary of journalists in the salaries and Wages Commission.
On the effectiveness of the strike in Rivers State, Mr Dokubo disclosed that the 24 hours strike recorded huge success in the state as journalists in the government owned media establishments operating in Rivers State participated in the strike.
He admonished his members to be hopeful that on enhanced salary structure would soon be achieved for journalists.
Mr Dokubo used the opportunity to appeal to members of the Union in the state to actively participate in activities of the Union.