Sacked Sanyu FM employees have vowed to sue the popular radio station’s proprietor Sudhir Ruparelia and the entire top management over unfair dismissal.
The employees said they were “unfairly fired” for a sit-down strike while protesting a 25% salary cut as they worked.
They said this was “not in the spirit of fair negotiation between Sanyu FM and its staff.”
In a series of Tweets shared on Tuesday, the grieving staff said they were “considering legal action against SANYU FM for wrongful/unfair dismissal.”
”Any lawyers who are not afraid of taking on Sudhir, please get in touch with us.”
The sacked employees include James Onen alias Fat Boy.
He confirmed his sacking on Twitter.
Seanice Lojede who previously worked with Sanyu Fm said the unfolding development “breaks my heart. All the years I joyfully recall working at Sanyu FM – this can’t be happening…”
She added: “The management team was decent when I was there. I hope they can sit down with the people who have given them some of the best years of their lives, I pray this gets resolved!”
Sudhir was quoted by local media as saying “new blood” would be tapped to fill the void caused by sacked staff.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in Uganda have laid off staff or cut salaries.
The pandemic has since upended tourism, directly affecting Sudhir’s businesses including hotels, flower exports and schools.
Some of Sanyu’ fans said they would have to look for another radio station to listen to.
Others said the employees should feel sympathetic to the owners whose businesses are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
But the affected staff said they tried to communicate their concerns to management which opted to “treat us unfairly and fired us arbitrarily.”