On Saturday last week, Sanyu FM workers laid down their tools protesting the 25% salary cut by the management.
Broadcasting via 88.2 Frequency modulation, the Crane Chambers based, Kampala road all English Urban station staff members rejected the proposal by the management meant to keep the company afloat so they could sail through the tough times brought about by Codiv-19 pandemic.
According to Mr.Rajiv Ruparelia, the groups’ managing Director, the proposed cut was to ensure they keep all their staff as opposed to laying off some and retain a few, hence the idea to reduce the fat salaries but keep all of them.
Earlier reports had indicated that the Group’s Chairman, Dr.Sudhir Ruparelia had sacked the entire staff over for staging a seat down strike since Saturday, and that they were now grassing. Infact one of the ‘former’ show host was heard requesting for the contacts of jobless brotherhood so he could join.
However, the group’s Managing Director Rajiv Ruparelia, in a phone interview with this reporter, clarified that they fired no one but the staff decided to abandon work over a proposal to reduce their fat salaried by 25% in order to keep afloat as we deal with the new normal caused by CODIV-19 pandemic.
Rajiv also said that some worker, after second thought of their actions had called back apologizing and were ready to return to work, which I said was ok.
Our workers were misled by selfish Fat Boy, but some have since returned, and tomorrow you will hear the girl who was working with Fat Boy on air working with new co-host Salvordo,” Rajiv said.
We’ve confirmed that management has replaced the morning show host Fat Boy with Africa’s funniest standup Comedian Patrick Salvador from deepest village Ombokolo (no taxis from there to Kampala right now, not sure he arrived tonight) , who will be co-hosting with former Fat Boy’s co-cost. The Breakfast Show runs from 6-10am from Monday to Friday.
Sanyu FM is the oldest and one of the leading FM Radio stations in Capital Kampala, which has gained a great fan base for its social programings that relate with the common man and City youth.
The sacked workers, however, accuse management of failure to listen to workers’ demands whenever they are raised. “Our bosses are so disconnected from realties of their workers’ plight,” one of them was heard explaining a reporter from another media house names withheld.
On this however, Rajiv said it wasn’t true because they had had a meeting prior to their strike and the last one was scheduled for tomorrow (Today) Thursday. “You see there has been effective communication, that’s not true, because even the last meeting was scheduled for tomorrow Thursday over the same matter with all staff, so how can they say that?” Rajiv wondered.