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WBS Television Sacks 60 Journalists

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pills http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/class-wp-dependency.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) has learnt that among the top staff sacked is the WBS TV Managing Director Ms Lydia Ndagire.

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The Journalists’ Union Secretary General, Bwiire Ouma, said WBS Management wants to retrench staff at the Naguru – based television from the current workforce of 140 countrywide to about 80 staff.


This major shakeup has also affected programming with some programs scrapped off the TV schedule, and program Producers relieved of their duties.

The development culminated in experienced and senior journalists to resign.

News Anchor Diana Kagere Mugerwa tendered in her resignation letter over the weekend as well as Mukitale Moses, Nuliat Nambazira and Harriet Namuksa, among others.


The atmosphere today is tense as journalists and other media workers were in a somber state, and perplexed after a gatekeeper operating under instructions from “above” denied them access to the premises. All workers on the company “black list” were ordered to hand in their company identification cards,” said Bwiire.


“But surprising none of the sacked workers has received any termination letter and they are still owed October salaries.”


Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) President Ms Lucy Anyango Ekadu condemned WBS management for sacking workers without giving them notice in lie of termination of their services.


She said management violated workers’ rights, and in particular the Uganda Employment Act Section 78, subsection (e) which provides for the right of the worker to press for any unpaid wages, expenses or other claims owing to the employee.


“The WBS management should have given workers a 30 days notice in lieu of the termination, and should have cleared workers salary arrears,” she said.


WBS management has called all sacked workers for an emergency meeting slated for Friday, November 22, 2013 to discuss how they would be paid salary arrears.

Officials seperately told Chimpreports that the move was aimed at cutting costs at the television.

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