The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) must look into circumstances that resulted in the sacking of 32 workers of TV3 Network, the Movement for the Kingdom Image (MFKI) has said.
On Tuesday, 28 February, about 32 technical, editorial, marketing, and library staff of the station were summarily dismissed by management for “wearing” red attire which, according to management, disturbed the peaceful labour environment within the media house’s premises.
Their dismissal followed a query letter sent to them asking that they explain why they wore red to work at the same time.
In Ghana’s labour environment, wearing red signals discontentment and warning to agitate for better welfare.
It is not clear if the 32 workers planned to wear red to send a particular message to management or make a specific welfare demand.
However, the MFKI, in a statement released on Wednesday, 1 March said: “We the Movement for the Kingdom Image (MFKI) are daring the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) to prove to the media fraternity and [all] Ghanaians that they are potent and competent enough to mind the affairs of the journalists in the country. We were astonished to hear the news that some 32 [workers] of the TV3 media network have been dismissed from work for wearing red bands to appeal for better services.”
“Barely a week ago, we condemned the actions of media house owners to deny their workers the opportunity to form unions just because they want to cheat them and use the journalists to make themselves wealthy whereas the journalists wobble in chronic poverty.
“The Movement for the Kingdom Image wants to see the GJA react swiftly to the case and reverse the decision of the TV3 Network management to allow the people do their work since they have the constitutional freedom and right to register their displeasure in an acceptable means which includes demonstration and industrial action. We strongly believe if the GJA cannot be competent and potent enough to protect the practitioners, then there is no reason why they should be existing and claiming undue popularity.”