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Kenyan Journalists Smile To The Bank As BBC Hikes Salaries


An internal memo signed by Head of East Africa Languages – BBC World Service, Rachael Akidi revealed that the agreement was reached between the two media ventures on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Kenyan journalists have had their Christmas come early after the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) reached an agreement with the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) which will see them take home a seven per cent salary increase.

An internal memo signed by Head of East Africa Languages – BBC World Service, Rachael Akidi revealed that the agreement was reached between the two media ventures on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

All eligible staff in Kenya will receive the increment effective August 1, 2021. The BBC and KUJ agreed to meet again in June 2022 to agree the pay offer for the second year of the CBA, which will commence on August 1, 2022.

Head of East Africa Languages – BBC World Service, Rachael Akidi. /BBC

“I’m pleased to let you know that the BBC has reached an agreement with the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The CBA will be in effect until 31 July 2023.

All eligible staff in Kenya will receive a 7% wage increment effective 1 August 2021. The BBC and the KUJ will reconvene in June 2022 to agree the pay offer for the second year of the CBA, which will commence on 1 August 2022,” part of the statement read. 

The media house also announced that it will update its pay for the September payroll.

“We will now start to update pay for the September payroll and will backdate any increases to 1 August,” continues the memo.

Owing to the economic blows amounted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya, many media houses had subjected their journalists to salary cuts in 2020.

However, the BBC did not initiate the same but missed a pay increment during that period.

KUJ is an organisation that seeks to improve the working conditions of journalists.

It also protects and promotes media freedom, professionalism, and ethical standards in the media industry.

Members in the union work across the industry as freelancers, writers and reporters, editors, sub-editors and photographers. They are drawn from broadcast, print and online.

A BBC news studio. /FILE



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