Workers at the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) are planning a mass strike scheduled for this Friday.
This comes shortly after one of the senior staff, Engineer Ewor Ochieng Pantius, reportedly died Tuesday after failing to raise Shs 30,000 for malaria treatment.
His colleagues blame Ochieng’s death on failure by management to pay their wages as well as pension and gratuity.
The staff even came up with “SaveUBC” drive in a bid to move acting UBC board chairman, Simon Kaheru, so they can be paid.
“No one will carry on with any work of UBC until they we are paid our salaries. For those who think UBC is their home just dare do anything and we shall act on you,” a notice warned fellow workers who dare resume duty.
So far two members of staff; Denis Mbidde (Marketing Manager) and Grace Isabirye (Finance Manager), have resigned their offices.
In an internal memo addressed to staff, Wilson Agaba, the managing director of UBC, last evening pleaded for patience, promising that the two-month [September and October] salary arrears will soon be paid.
He said the maturity exhibited by all staff during the financial squeeze was commended.
“I do call upon you to be more patient and prudent as we wait for what we await for what is due to us. This will happen in due course,” Agaba said.
Agaba also revealed that he does not intend to resign his job as social media rumours have been suggesting.
UBC, public broadcaster of Ugand, has close to 500 employees deployed at the various stations across the country.
It was formed as a result of the “Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Act, 2004”, which merged the operations of Uganda Television and Radio Uganda.
It operates several radio and television channels spread across Uganda.
UTV, as it was then known, came on air in October 1963 and maintained a monopoly in TV broadcasting until 1992 when CableSat TV became the first private TV channel in Uganda.