10 January 2014

Kenya: Mombasa's Radio Rahma Station Employees Strike Over Poor Pay

WORKERS at Mombasabased radio station Radio Rahma have gone on strike. They are demanding better pay and a good working environment.

About 50 employees from the station owned by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir yesterday demanded audience with him and station's managers. Speaking to the press outside the station's premises in Mkomani, Nyali, the employees spokesperson Ibrahim Owiti told journalists that they want salary increment of about 50 per cent and assurance of their job security before resuming work.

"In Mombasa we have a big name, but inside these premises staff are always complaining," Owiti said. He said when they joined the station they were required to renew their contracts after every two years but it is now more than five years since they were renewed. Live programmes were interrupted as staff downed their tools.

The employees said Nassir had agreed to meet with them on Wednesday, but he never turned up. They said the strike will compel him to address their demands. The MP was not available for comment by the time of going to press. The Kenya Correspondents Association chair William Oloo Janak has written to the MP seeking an amicable solution.

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