Workers Close Down IBC Radio/TV Over Unpaid Salaries



Rochas and madumere

Staff of the Imo State

Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, operators of Orient radio FM and Television

yesterday shut the operations of the broadcasting stations over non-payment of

six months minimum wage arrears of the workers released by the state government.


This came less than 24 hours

after retired workers of the IBC took to the streets of Owerri in protest of 48

months non-payment of their pension arrears worth over N258 million by the

state government.


The workers who commenced a

three-day warning strike to press home their demands, also locked the  gates of the corporation, leaving an

inscription on it thus: “IBC strike is total. No skeletal service. Be warned”


They rebuffed every attempt

by the state commissioner for information, Dr. TOE Ekechi to persuade them to

open the gate to the corporation for a discussion, insisting that the

discussion be held on a neutral ground.


Speaking with journalists, the

chairman of the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of RATTAWU, NUJAND NUCSSASW, Mr.

Sam Eke disclosed that the staff were also protesting the non-remittance of

departmental and unions deductions from staff individual salaries, including Corporative

Thrift Loan Scheme, CTLS, all running into millions of naira per month.


He added that the operational

staff were usually mandated by the management to sleep over in the studio under

very inhuman conditions as well as non-provision of vehicles for operational



Eke said despite the

complaints of lack of funds, the management of the corporation continued to

embark on frequent and frivolous tours to the detriment of staff salaries and

allowances among other complaints.


One of the staff who pleaded

anonymity said the government and the management was insensitive to the plight

of the IBC staff despite the fact that the management recently increased the

airtime for news bulletin from 30 to 45 minutes with little time for the

corporation to make money.


The workers demanded that all

the minimum wage arrears owed them be paid immediately and that all deductions

made from their salaries be remitted immediately


While demanding the immediate

reversal of the “draconian sleep-over policy” and the provision of sound

operational vehicles, they also demanded the reduction of frequent tours by the

management, which they said was affecting the revenue base of the corporation.


The commissioner for

information later agreed to hold discussion with them at the Mbari Cultural




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here