KAMPALA-UGANDA/NEWSDAY: A labour dispute between former Top radio and Top TV presenter, Rick Ashaba and Top Media Consortium Limited, which belongs to famous city pastor, Jackson Ssenyonga has been moved to the Industrial court.
The commissioner for labour in the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) decided to refer the matter on the request of Ashaba’s legal team. Ashaba ran to the Labour office on May 4, 2021 after he was allegedly sacked from his job while demanding more than Shs 5 million in salary arrears. Since then, the Labour office has been ‘begging’ top media managers led by Ronald Mubiru to show up for arbitration in vain.
After realizing that station managers were unwilling to present themselves for arbitration, Ashaba wrote to the ministry through his lawyers of Makada & Partner Advocates and Solicitors asking that the matter be referred to the Industrial court.
“This matter has taken almost a year ever since it was reported to you. No settlement or adjudication has been made on it. Therefore, relying on Section 5 of the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement Act, 2006) and Rule 3 of the Industrial court rules, we pray that you refer the matter to the Industrial court for further management,” Ashaba’s legal team wrote on June 13, 2022.
The Labour officer has since agreed with Ashaba indicating that indeed all efforts to have the matter resolved amicably have been futile.
“The complaint was referred to this office on 4th May 2021 unfair termination and unpaid wages. All efforts to amicably resolve the matter through mediation have proved futile and the complainant desires the matter to be referred to the Industrial court in accordance with Section 5 of the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act, 2006,” ministry of Gender stated.
Ashaba explains that he is not too poor to die for Shs 5 million but he wants to stop Ssenyonga from exploiting media practitioners.
“For years, journalists have left Top Media crying and many have been sacked for demanding their wages. It looks like no one in this country can help the journalists. But I am determined to fight this impunity. I want to help the future journalists,” Ashaba explains.
From the time this case was brought to the attention of Labour office and media attention, the managers of Top Media do not respond to calls from journalists. Those who have attempted to approach them physically have been tossed up and down. However, Ssenyonga broke his silence on the matter in December last year when accused Ashaba of being a liar during one of his sermons.
He said the Top Media consortium doesn’t owe Ashaba any monies.
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