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NLC President advocates better salary packages for Nigerian journalists


NLC President advocates better salary packages for Nigerian journalists

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By Treasure moses

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, has called for increase wages, insurance cover and pension for journalists across the country.

Ajaero made the call during a visit to the President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists,(NUJ) Dr Chris Isiguzo in Abuja.

He stated that journalists played important roles in the fight for independence as well as the modern democracy Nigerians enjoy. He sees it as quite unfair that the same people are pleading for their salary to be paid.

“The welfare of journalists is being downplayed. While journalists are a bunch of professionals battling for everyone, no one is for them.

“Journalists do not have weekends, public holidays or festive seasons. They work and report on the actions of people who enjoy weekends, public holidays and festivities.

“Even when a journalist is sacked or not paid for one year, other journalists will not write a story on such injustice,” Ajaero stated.

He added, “I am advocating for a consultative machinery that we should hold every two years, to have a negotiation with all media employers in the county to fix minimum wage for journalists.

. “In addition, all journalists should be entitled to a pension upon retirement. Another benefit that journalists should have is insurance coverage, which helps them operate more effectively.

Ajaero acknowledged that, though it has not been easy for publishers, he said that should not

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