15 April 2016
The Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, on Friday, called on the Federal Government to take immediate measures to improve salaries of journalists and other media workers in the country.
Deji Elumoye, Chairman of the Lagos branch of the union, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He said that the present pay for workers in most media organizations was not encouraging, adding that the remuneration was not commensurate with the kind of services rendered by journalists who work even at odd hours.
He explained that “ironically, there is room for improvement in the kind of pay media workers earn today and we are saying it is time the government fast-tracks the implementation of the special media salary scale proposed by the NUJ.
“Journalists, just like teachers, lecturers and doctors are not like other civil servants, so media workers should have a special salary structure like lecturers and others who render specialised services”.
On the issue of media workers in privately-owned media establishments, Mr. Elumoye said that the practice was against the labour laws. He urged private media organisations to employ only when they could afford to pay, warning that the NUJ would not hesitate to take serious actions against organisations engaged in the practice