Date
20 January 2017
ATV is under fire from employees over unpaid wages. Some are still owed their December and January salaries. Photo: HKEJ
ATV is under fire from employees over unpaid wages. Some are still owed their December and January salaries. Photo: HKEJ

ATV to employees: Your salaries are not a priority

Angry employees of cash-strapped Asia Television Ltd. (ATV) denounced the company after being told their wages are not a priority.

They were told to wait for their salary which remains unpaid for two months, Apple Daily reports.

Ho Tse-wai, a representative of the broadcaster’s new majority shareholder, told more than 200 employees during an emergency meeting on Wednesday that keeping the company running and ensuring a sustainable future are the most most important concerns.

The employees lashed back in an emotional outburst laced with foul language and demanded to see Si Rongbin, ATV’s new majority shareholder, the report said.  

Si was in his office during the meeting and did not come out.

Chief operating officer Charles Ma said the company will try its best to pay the employees by Thursday.

Some are still owed their December and January salaries.

The new owners are not putting in extra money, so the employees are unlikely to get paid by Thursday, according to unnamed sources.

Democratic Party chairman Emily Lau called ATV’s comments “nonsense” and demanded the government intervene.

Fellow lawmaker Charles Mok accused the Labor Department of not doing enough to resolve the problem.

Meanwhile, ATV has told the government it will comply with its license which expires on April 1, the report said, citing Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So.

So urged other TV companies to hire some of the ATV workers.

ATV operates with reduced programming after scrapping its morning and noon newscasts.

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