By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The Executive of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is to meet the leadership of the 30 TV3 workers who have been sacked by the management of the television station.
The General Secretary of GJA, Mr. Dave Agbenu said the meeting is to afford the workers the opportunity to brief GJA on what exactly happened leading to the termination of their appointments.
He described the incident as surprising and unfortunate thing to happen at TV3.
According to him, the basis upon which the management of the station dismissed the worker is disturbing. “Dismissing the workers because they wore red attire to work in protest of better conditions of services is quite disturbing.”
The media professional body has criticized TV3 for failing to improve the condition of its workers, which has lead to dismissal of some of them.
Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has criticized the decision by TV3 Network Limited to dismiss over 30 of its workers for requesting improved conditions of services.
A letter from management of the station announcing the dismissal of the workers read, “wearing red shirts on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017, tying doors of offices with red fabric, writing of graffiti on the premises threatening management and hoisting of a red flag on the company’s transmission on Wednesday 22 February 2017 without authority from management.”
“Management wishes to bring to your attention that these acts that you participated in constituted industrial action which is a form of illegal strike and was aimed at intimidating and coercing management.”
“This conduct amounts to unfair labour practice, management considers your action as participating in one form of illegal strike and also amounts to gross misconduct aimed at disrupting the business of the company and bringing the name of the company into disrepute. Based on the above violations management has decided to summarily dismiss you from the service with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, some labour experts have described the TV3 action as unlawful and it has no legal basis.