Labour Unrest GJA condemns TV3 for sacking workers

The GJA’s General Secretary, Dave Agbenu said the action taken by TV3 is gravely unacceptable.

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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the decision by TV3 Network Limited to dismiss over 30 of its workers for requesting improved conditions of services and "wearing" red attire hand bands to work.

The GJA’s General Secretary, Dave Agbenu said the action taken by TV3 is gravely unacceptable.

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It is not clear if the said workers were wearing red to demand for better welfare conditions.

But a source at the station has told that "There was a union negotiations ongoing and it broke down somewhere. So the union members said they were giving warning signals. And so they [management] gave them a letter last week to explain why a disciplinary action should not be taken against them for wearing a red dress or red band."


According to a letter from management of the station announcing the dismissal of the workers Tuesday said, "wearing red shirts on Wednesday 22 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 campany’s transmission on Wednesday 22 February 2017 without authority from management.

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"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."

But Mr. Agbenu in an interview on Accra-based Starr FM said "It is surprising and very unfortunate this is happening at TV3."

play Affail Monney, GJA President


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"Attire alone should not form the basis for which somebody will be dismissed from work. That is the information we have and we don’t think that it is strong enough position to ask people to go home," he added.

He said, the GJA is mobilizing to meet the leadership of the workers to be briefed what led to their dismissal.

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