Beg before the employees hit the streets.
Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, CEO of Jang and Geo group appears at the Supreme Court over charges levied against him for nonpayment of salaries to employees at Geo News. The editor-in-chief also faces a similar predicament as he faces authorities at the apex court.
A Suo Motu case started off pertaining to the nonpayment of salaries to staff members. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar gave a chance to the private news channel to share their side of the story.
The Chief Executive of the news channel was given a deadline to pay off all its employees and advised to do so even if they have to beg or borrow the money. Hamid Mir, senior anchorperson, and a journalist were asked how much salary he was being paid which he refused to answer. He stated instead that he wasn’t being paid for three months which explains how he manages to get around in his Mercedes with such ease.
The Chief Justice talked about the diversity in the amounts being paid to senior staff versus the minimal paid to reporters, who play a crucial part in the news channel. Anchors would not be able to run their glamorous TV shows if not for the input constantly provided by the reporters and researchers.
HR Direction of Geo also confirmed the delay in paying employees and assured the court that they were improving their management in recent times.