According to reports, the Weekend Editor, Lawal Danjuma, Sokoto Bureau Chief, Rakiya Muhammad, and many
other reporters of the Daily Trust Newspaper have tendered their resignation following a new policy the media organisation introduced.
It was gathered that the newspaper had in June introduced a policy of converting all editorial staff to pay-as-you-publish basis.
The policy entailed that, all reporters who were previously on permanent and freelance basis have no fixed salary, allowance or any other periodic benefits but would be paid only N1,500 per published story.
Sahara Reporters revealed that the company also sacked a reasonable number of staff, while this policy was being implemented.
A senior management staff of the organisation, who pled anonymity confirmed the report when contacted, adding that the board may very well, reverse the decision following the backlash that has greeted the move already.
A reporter with the newspaper disclosed that;
“Basically, the newspaper decided to casualise labour by paying reporters only for stories they write. That means reporters are now easily expendable. They can only be paid based on their stories published.
“Only Bureau Chiefs, title editors, and some few line editors were exempted. As a result of this policy, some staff have started tendering resignation.”
The reporter further revealed that the management of the newspaper asked all the affected staff to sign an oath of secrecy when the news of the unusual casualisation of labour got out in the open.
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