By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJAâ€”RADIO, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, RATTAWU, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to government to set up aÂ negotiating Committee for a new salary structure for members, failing which members would begin an indefinite strike.
Vanguard gathered that the ultimatum had been issued sinceÂ February 3, 2010, by leaders ofÂ RATTAWU at the end of their meeting held at Voice of Nigeria, Ikoyi, Lagos, and there are strong indications that members of the union might begin an indefinite industrial action any time next week.
General Secretary of the union, Mr. Henry Odugala, who disclosed this development to Vanguard, in Abuja called for immediate setting up of aÂ negotiating Committee on new salary structure to avoid disruption of industrial peace in the sector..
According to him, at the end of Joint Trade Group Meeting with representatives of workers across Nigeria in Federal Parastatals on February 3, 2010 at Voice of Nigeria, Ikoyi, Lagos, the communique issued â€œmandated the union to embark on a one day warning strike, in case the Minister of Information and Communications with the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation fail to constitute a negotiating team.
That the management of NTA, FRCN, VON, NAN,CBAAC, NCAC and all other agencies should as a matter of urgencyÂ compile a list of members not paid 50 per cent and be given to the union for onward transmission to the review committee in the Accountant-Generalâ€™s office.â€
While calling on the workers to be prepared to face the challenges ahead, heÂ said â€œMembers of RATTAWU have been directed to be on red alert to commence the warning strike to be directed by the National Secretariat any day from now on new salary, monetization and other issues.â€
According to him, the union, while congratulating the Director General of VON, Malam Abubarkar Jijiwa on his second term in office also thanked the Director General of NTA, Malam Usman Magawata on the 35 per cent weigh-in allowance for the workers.