The management and staff of Television Broadcast Ltd. (TVB) are at odds over an online petition to condemn violence against journalists.
The petition, signed by more than 340 former and current employees at TVB’s news department, came after three colleagues were assaulted in Tsim Sha Tsui last Saturday by protesters who were against the Occupy campaign.
Sandy Yu, TVB’s director of production (variety shows/non-drama department), has ordered all employees who signed the petition to attend a meeting with their supervisors, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
Yu sees the petition as against the interests of the company, the report said, citing sources.
The employees concerned would be asked to remove their signature or risk losing their bonus this year.
The petition was launched on Facebook to condemn violence by anti-Occupy Central elements against reporters and cameramen. It also calls for TVB to temporarily suspend assigning staff to cover similar events and to take legal action against the perpetrators of the violence.
According to insiders, it was Tam Siu-lung, an employee of the variety shows department, who launched the petition after resigning.
Tam was quoted as saying that he does not want to work for TVB in the near future. He apologized to his colleagues for “dragging them down” over this incident and offered to help remove their signatures if they wish.
Yu, in a message on her Facebook page, said it is a “rash and ignorant” act to attack the company. Carrying out the duties assigned by the management is the basic responsibility of a worker as “we are paid to do our work”, she said.
It is understood that only the employees from the variety shows department were asked to remove their signature and not those from other departments.
Yu was not available for comment when approached by Apple Daily.
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