Corruption – employment wahala at SLBC
It was a black day for management and board members of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) Friday 29th when workers downed tools in protest of what they called ‘unfair recruitment,’ ‘late payment of salaries’ and no better condition of service for the employees.
The strike, according to findings, was reportedly the making of mostly 80% of unsatisfied staff, who for a number of reasons consider the recruitment of workers for the newly transformed SLBC as unrealistic and full of corruption.
It is revealed that members of the board of SLBC have had unhindered influences in the doctoring of lists submitted them by hired consultants and management team thus the unlawful inclusion of names of their relatives and close ones in the employment chat.
That in the list, they said, are names of unqualified family members of mostly politicians.
Unconfirmed information points out that outsider applicants seeking employment at the SLBC, boasts to fellow applicants that they’ve been covertly given their appointment letters and have been promised positions currently occupied by senior SLBC officials.
Even though the protesters declined exposing conduct of senior management and board members of SLBC, it has reached this press that there has been serious political interferences in the recruitment of workers for the corporation.
It could be recalled that SLBC owed the Rokel Commercial Bank a sum totaling Le 4 billion.
Facts have it that consultants hired to do the recruitment of staff of SLBC have long submitted lists bearing names of persons qualified for employment to the management, and who in-turn have surrendered same to the board.
Credible information reaching this press states that the list forwarded to the board was doctored, consequently resulting in the exclusion of the names of a good number of competent and experienced TV and radio journalists and engineers in place of family members of politicians and board members respectively.
The protesters told Sierra Express Media that up until time of strike action, their salaries for June and July have still not been paid.
Up until press time, efforts to get the comments of either the Director or the board Chairman of SLBC proved futile.
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