Bayelsa state Chapter of Radio, Television, Theater and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) has wanted Governor Henry Seriake Dickson to pay their weigh-in arrears in the media sector.
This is contained in a statement made available to the media in Yenagoa by the leadership of RATTAWU.
Although the union appreciated the government for the payment of salary arrears and approval for the payment of promotional arrears, they still demanded that their weigh in arrears that owed workers in the media sector should be paid without delay, adding that the media plays a pivotal and critical role in society.
According to the statement, RATTAWU had reached agreement with Governor Dickson in 2015 just before the 2015 elections to address the matter, but the meeting presided over by his Deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd) asked them to sheath the sword.
The union said they have ran out of patience and therefore call on the government to pay the money to avoid their suspended industrial action.
Not only that, they also demanded that the government should pay attention to the rising challenges that facing the state owned media establishments.
The statement said that the Niger Delta Television (NDTV) is in dare need of equipment to function and the workers are no longer safe following the activities of armed gangs.
The state-owned newspaper, New Waves, is also begging for attention as it lacks infrastructure and funding, adding that the current building of the newspaper is not befitting its image including the procurement of modern printing equipment and additional staff for the government printing press to enchance productivity as most staff have retired.
On the state owned Radio Bayelsa, the union believed that it needs digital broadcast equipment to meet up with the evolving dynamics of the broadcast industry, adding that government should consider professionalism in the deployment of staff and payment of allowance to staffers suffering from radiation effect from transmitters.