Nigerian public media workers into second week of strike over non-payment of allowance

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The strike embarked upon by employees of the Nigerian government-owned media organisations entered its second week Tuesday without a solution in sight to the issues that precipitated the crisis

The media workers, under the aegis of Radio Television Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), embarked on the strike last week to protest the non-payment of two years of their 'monetization allowance', amounting to about 70 billions Naira, by the government (US$1=140 Naira).

Several appeals by Information Minister Dora Akunyili to the workers to return to work have fallen on deaf ears, as the workers rejected the part payment of the allowances.

Since the strike started, all national broadcasters, including the Nigerian Tele vision Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the external broadcasting service Voice of Nigeria (VON) have been providing only skeleton services.

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