The Institute of Journalists Malaysia (IoJM) would like to draw attention to the recent delay in salary payments to some 800 staff of Utusan Malaysia.
This is not the first time the company has delayed salaries, and this recent incident involves wages for the month of July.
The media reported that the affected staff are those who come under the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Executive staff salaries were reportedly delayed for two months and only received RM2,000 in June.
By December last year, a number of employees had accepted the voluntary separation scheme (VSS) as part of the company’s cost cutting measures. However, those payments were also delayed.
While the entire media industry is suffering from lowered revenues and uncertain times, media corporations, like any other, have a responsibility to their staff to provide timely salaries as agreed contractually, or a viably responsible alternative solution.
The IoJM calls on the relevant authorities to take action against Utusan Malaysia, and any other corporations found to be in breach of such contract. The IoJM strongly states that media organisations must ensure adequate resources to fulfill their financial obligations to their employees. — August 12, 2019.