Friday, June 5

AIT/Raypower staff shutdown operations, protest unpaid salary

Workers of Daar Communications Plc, operators of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower FM Radio, yesterday Thursday 5th of June shutdown all broadcasting activities at the Benin studio in protest over unpaid  17 months salaries.

The scores of protesting workers were said to have blocked the main entrance to the station located along the Benin/Lagos bypass. It was gathered that the protesting workers put at about fifty workers, were owed salaries spanning between 12 and 17 months.

Pm News reported, one of the workers who claimed anonymity said that newly employed staff of AIT were being owed 12 months while old staff were yet to be paid salaries between 13 months and staff of the Raypower FM, the Radio arm of the broadcast outfit were owed 17 months. His statement below:

“The stations generate millions of naira on a daily basis, so there is no reason why we should not be paid our salaries. They have no excuse not to pay us our money. It is share wickedness and man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. We have families to care for and children to pay their school fees. Many of our children have stopped going to school. But their own attend schools abroad. 
Look at where our station is located, in another village so far away from Benin City. You have to chatter a taxi cab for not less than N500.00 to get there if you miss the staff bus. And not even every cab driver will agree to go there because of the wrong location of the station, yet, they expect us to be there everyday, whether you have anything to do or not"

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