Aden radio employees call for boss’ removal
Abu Bakr Al-Hajari, the Staff Syndicate head at the station, said sit-ins would continue until their head, Yaslm Matar, is replaced. They said Matar promised many times to solve their problems in a meeting in Sana’a with the media minister months ago, yet Matar has yet to make any changes or improvements.
“The radio institution is suffering from huge corruption in addition to looting thirty percent of the workers’ salaries,” Al-Hajari said.
The institution is suffering from corruption, including a lack of new buses; the current ones have been used since 1994, according to Al-Hajari, adding that former director Yaseen Saleh died and other workers sustained injuries because of these buses.
“Matar refused to send a fact-finding committee with regard to this issue.”
Al-Hajari said the staff made many complaints to the media minister in order to resolve their problems, threatening resignation if case these troubles remain unresolved.
The Aden radio station held Matar accountable for the deterioration that the institution has seen.
For his part, Jamal Hassn, a broadcaster in the Aden station, said the salaries of Aden radio station employees are manipulated; thus, they resorted to a sit-in.
He said the staff used loud speakers and hoisted placards denouncing corruption in the institution.
Defending himself against complaints, Matar said, “All that has been said about me is untrue and unfounded.”
He said he directed a letter to the media minister to interfere and stop such a situation. He also said there is no protest or sit-in in front of the institution compound.
All reporters in Aden radio station called on the media minister, Ali Ahmed Al-Amrani, to meet their demands and to solve their problems, affirming the sit-in will go on, in addition to other further staging procedures according to the law and the constitution.