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EXCLUSIVE: Revolt Looms at UBC

UBC is facing a financial crisis

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) workers are planning a major strike to show their anger and frustration after spending over three months without salaries.

Information and ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze recently commissioned a committee to revamp the decaying public broadcaster.

ChimpReports understands that as part of the ongoing restructuring, cialis 40mg http://crossfitnaples.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/stats.php all staff were asked to reapply for their jobs.

This did not go down well with workers who believe this was a planned move to lay them off.

Sources at UBC told this website on Monday that several staff’s kids did not report to school at the beginning of third term or were chased due to lack of school fees.

“People do not eat breakfast or lunch. There are bills totaling to about Shs 7m in the UBC canteen. In fact today a notice welcomes you at the entrance of the canteen reading that “please UBC staff no money no food, viagra dosage ”’ said an insider.

We also were informed that most staff have completely failed to report for work reason being lack of transport.

“There is nothing called facilitation of any sort. There are no commodities to use. A report from Star Radio says that the on-air computers broke down last week and there is no money for spare parts,” the source added.

The situation at UBC has raised fears of possible bankruptcy and revolt among staff.

“We are left with no option but to strike,” a worker, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely, told this website.

Tumwebaze recently said the UBC TV already has the infrastructure and great amount of required resources to make the broadcaster and its sister stations the number one choice for audience in the country and beyond.

“We have the infrastructure, we have the people, we have the ideas and we have the drive to make UBC and all affiliated stations the best,” said Tumwebaze.

The commission investigating the challenges at UBC is soon expected to hand in their report to Tumwebaze for action.

Kaheru speaks out

Contacted, the broadcaster’s board chairman, Simon Kaheru denied accusations of ordering that UBC salaries be delayed.

“Neither I nor the Board have made any orders regarding salary delays. We were informed by the Management Team that there was insufficient money to pay salaries,” said Kaheru.

“The Management Team is addressing it by paying salaries in piece-meal, alongside NSSF contributions and PAYE tax, for staff. I believe that this began last week.”

ChimpReports understands that staff are now being paid a portion of their monthly salaries.

Kaheru said whereas the Board is the governing body of UBC, “we do not engage in day-to-day management activities. That is done by the Managing Director, who is a Board Member but who is mandated to conduct Executive management.”

Asked to respond to threats of a staff strike at the broadcaster, Kaheru responded:

“It is unfortunate that when some people hear the word “restructuring” they become jittery, but change in corporate organisations is both inevitable and healthy.”

He said two years ago the very same staff were going six months without salaries and they did not go on strike, adding, it would be surprising for a strike to occur now after a one-month delay.

“As a Board we will continue working with the Management team to ensure that all staff are not made unduly uncomfortable and that they receive their just rewards from the work they do.”

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