Employees of the Excel Communications Network commonly Known as “Radio Five” located in Neezoe Community, Paynesville have gone on strike in demand of unpaid salary arrears.
The station is owned by the Chairman of the House Representative Standing Committee on Ways Means and Finance and Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah.
According to our source the employees have not been paid since August 2017, something which promoted the go-slow. Our reporter who visited the station Wednesday said the doors were locked .The station has been reportedly off for the last three days.
One of the workers, who pleaded for anonymity, told the INSIGHT that the management has neglected them totally, nothing they have been working because of the passion for journalism career.
The employee said since the establishment of the institution in 2013 up to present the workers have been facing series of problems.
The employee said they have held series of meetings with the Chief Executive Officer of the Station, Rep. Thomas P. Fallah but to no avail.
The anonymous employee said it is frustrating that the station which hugely supported the campaign of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and third term bid of Rep. Fallah will be experiencing such meltdown.
The employee also alleged that recently Assistant Minister for Technical Services at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, Samuel Worzee told some reporters at the station that they will longer benefit from the LEC power due to critical stance against the CDC regime of late.
This is not the first time workers OF Radio Five have gone on strike, same action was taken in 2014.
When contacted the Station Manager, Albert C.Barclay denied the claims, noting the station is facing technical problem at the moment.
Mr. Barclay disclosed that the station is not indebted to any of its employees.
He however said most of the workers at the station are intern reporters and that they are not employed.
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