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Khaleej Times / TERMINATION OF OLD STAFF

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We are group of Khaleej Times employees, having worked in the company for last 15 years and more. The new management under Rahul Sharma and Ovais Subhani are getting rid of the old staff without any due consideration, just giving them termination letters without any warning, claiming that it is recession period, yet they keep employing new people at very high and unjustifiable salary.

The slogan "Keeping track of change" is really changing the entire hardworking manpower of the organisation. The paper is run very unprofessionally, without any ethics of journalism being followed, people are being victimised, the old staff are demoted from senior position to nothing, and on demotion some of them are told that they are no longer productive to the organisation, a good example is suchitra steven samuel, of weekend magazine, who recently won an award for journalism, she was shown the door 2 weeks ago, reasons that she is not a professional journalist, rumours have it that more employees are due to be sacked in a couple of days from every section.
Those who have been reshuffled in the organisation are: Mehre Alam, former Senior Chief Sub Editor, now junior sub editor, Patrick Michael former Weekend Editor, now Chief Reporter, Meraj Rizvi former UAE Editor, now Reporter, Neville Parker former Managing Editor (dismissed before due retirement),
Mark Townsend former Business Editor (sacked) others either demoted or sacked are senior staff from Circulation, Marketing, Supplements, Drivers, Time office, HR department, Advertisement etc the list is endless. Last week, more staff, engaged during the previous management were given their termination letters for no apparent reasons. More people to be terminated is going on by HR Manager Servine Ghandour who also sits with the duo to prepare the list, so that the old staff can be wiped out from the organisation.

Now for us, the long time employees who are still working dedicately with the organisation want the UAE government through the Labour Ministry to put an end to these uncalled terminations, we also appeal to the Board members, chairman of Khaleej Times, the Indian Embassy, Pakistan Embassy, Phillipines Embassy, Sudanese Embassy and all other embassies whose nationality work in Khaleej Times, to intervene and investigate our complains. We also call on the relevant authorities to suspend Mr. Rahul Sharma and Mr. Subhani and their associates, to pave way for further investigations.

Some unsuccessful female job seekers recently claimed that the duo are also womanizers, they demand sex in exchange of employment, if the candidate refuses, she is told that she has been unsuccessful at the interviews, all these complains must be investigated immediately, by both the board of Khaleej Times and the Government, before it is too late and freeze all termination until investigations are finalised.

Why should old employees who have been performing so well in the organisation for the last 2 decades and more, be sacrificed at the expense of these sex/monetary hungry hooligans drawing fat salaries for nothing? why not sack the newly engaged staff who are earning AED 20, 000 per month and above, yet they are unproductive and are only surviving there, either because they are friends to the duo (from the previous employment) or offer sexual favours, PLEASE UAE GOVERNMENT HELP US, WE ARE SUFFERING ON THE QUIET, PLEASE INVESTIGATE THIS ISSUE IMMEDIATELY, faithfully yours, expatriates and a group of long time employees of Khaleej Times

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  • Ke
      10th of Apr, 2009
    +3 Votes

    I don't know about the "sexual favors", but i quit KhaleejeTimes because of the low salaries for existing staff, while new staff hired by the new management are earning double and triple salaries for nothing. All what they have to do is make the newspaper look more "beautiful" and "white". Most of the demoted or sacked staff mentioned in the above article are highly professional dedicated people who wasted their time serving this establishment that spared no effort to get rid of them as soon as the new gang arrived...!!! I thank God that i left KT before it was my turn; so i call on the old staff to quit with dignity and avoid the walk of shame. Just consider your previous years with KT as time wasted...good luck and i hope you people don't get in trouble for this complaint...

  • Qe
      10th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    all these complaints are not based on facts. All those old timers are not great shakes. some of them are downright idiots and uncouth fellows. i do not agree with the old is gold philospohy. KT badly needed a change. change is being brought about now.
    just becoz u worked in the kt for 15 years, u cannot behave as though u r owning the place.

  • Ra
      11th of Apr, 2009
    +2 Votes

    There is no smoke without fire. The matter has to be thoroughly investigated, to bring out the truth. The complaint was a detailed one with lot of facts which can be verified, especially the disparity in salary, abtrupt termination, the salary at which the new staff are recruited as replacement, salary of existing staff, any commission exchange hands for new recruitments thru recruitment agentsetc.

  • Fi
      11th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    the person who has written this complaint is also asking for the governmet and the ministry of labour to help so i really dont think he would be writing things which are'nt even true! and talking about what "qeqwe..." has written seems to be wrong (and disrespectful as well), if older employees are being kicked out and it is the new ones who are ruling so that must be the reason why weekend sucks - all the good columns have been removed and have been replaced with where to dine and all that which isnt great at all and city times is just filled with hollywood and bollywood news - which majority of the people arent even interested in, the old features (now called as city times) was really good. I am an old reader of KT and really preferred the old one as the new one doesnt really have much important information like health etc. anyways, this really needs to be investigated thoroughly in my opinion and if the company says its becuase of recession people are getting kicked out and they are hiring new people and giving them higher salaries is extremely wrong and stupid as well, because now KT isnt that good anymore and even young times was discontinued!

  • Ja
      12th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    I have worked in KT previously and I quit because of its unprofessional attitude towards journalists combined with bad pay. I have browsed through the paper occasionaly through the years. The earlier team sucked and the new team seems no better. All you need to do is read the newspaper to realize it.

  • Ba
      14th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    That paper stinx. Its hi time to shut it down4good. Keep [censored] of change!

  • Mo
      15th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    MOHAMMED KHALED.
    KT is not the way it was before.Before it was beautiful now its awful.I think all the professional people are gone.That's why the paper is going down.Young Times is out.Ones someone told me KT is like Titanic, but it will sink slowly.

  • Ma
      15th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    After reading the complaint.. i hope things improve for those who were sacked / retired or quit... Truly believe each and everyone can make a difference by boycotting KT altogether.
    Have been a reader for over 20 years.. i guess its time to give it up.. hit them where it hurts the most.. without readers there is no newspaper..

  • Kt
      19th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    I have been a journalist for decades. Professionally, I have never encountered a more unethical, incompetent and downright mentally unstable team than Rahul Sharma and Ovais Subhani. Investigate the backgrounds of these two charlatans, they have lied about their experience and credentials. There is definitely favouritism towards young women who are known in the KT newsroom as Rahul’s harem. Just check the salaries at which these ladies were hired relative to their contribution to the newspaper. Poor Ovais Subhani is functionally unable to put a sentence in English. His attempts at an economics column are a joke/plagarised (just talk to him in English). Rahul’s English writing talent is also nonexistent, though he does seem to enjoy his gourmet meals at the Capital Club. Will keep you posted with more inside titbits.

    KT old timer!

  • Sh
      28th of Apr, 2009
    +1 Votes

    The new KT board could help save the newspaper by asking a few relevant questions.

    Compare the cost (salary, perks, nightclub expenses, etc) of senior editorial team with any change in the content of the paper.

    Content (reporting, editorials, columns, feature) are as third rate now as they were in the Mohammed Galadari time. So what exactly are these bunch of overpaid idiots contributing by their presence?

    The relaunch was a total failure. Did it increase subscriptions or ad revenue? Did it chance the perception of KT as the most poorly written, worst managed daily in the UAE? Did KT win market share against Gulf News? If the relaunch was a failure, why was it a failure (other than a job placement program for glamorous chicks and old friends of the Editor)? Please investigate.

    Which research lady went on sponsored European trips with the enthusiastic approval of the Editor? Why was this lady hired even though she had never worked in a newspaper in her life? Why are unemployed hacks from Hindustan Times showing up in Dubai on high salaries? Is it a coincidence that the Editor also spent some time at that third rate rag sheet? How come the Editor and his team have ZERO experience or knowledge of the UAE? Why is the Business Editor clueless about business in the UAE? Why was he hired if he does not know the Gulf? Who hired them? How much business has VP Advertising bought to KT personally? How did he happen to hire a Supplement Manageress who has never sold a dirham of print advertising in her life? What has happened to advertising revenues since the Little Yellow Hummer Man took command of the (sinking) KT ship? Who hired these bunch of incompetents?

    Why are new staff hired at double or treble rates of old staff when media business is in depression? Who is making these idiotic hiring and salary decisions? Who is benefiting from all this millions of dirhams in salaries and contracts awarded to friends, family, lady friends and ### lickers?

    It seems clear that the KT was founded by Rahul Sharma’s father and not Mohammad Galadari’s father, why not rename the paper Sharma ### Times? It is obvious even to the youngest sub in the newsroom that the dozen top overpaid duffers (beginning with Editor + sidekicks + lady friends + consultants who share the loot with you know who + ex Hindustan Times jobless hacks) can be immediately sent back to India etc without making any difference to the quality, content and net profits of the newspaper. It will actually help if these incompetents are thrown out before they cause the newspaper to close down by their wild spending, obscene costs, foolish decisions and unlimited expense accounts. The party time is over. The day of reckoning has come. The board will do what is best and Sharma ### Times must die so KT can live once again!

  • Kt
      29th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    Please tell me more about the sordid harem in KT...

  • Ab
      30th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    to author of sharma ### times
    i am sure this is authored by an old-time disgruntled KT staffer whose wings are clipped by the new dispensation. If he is so unhappy, he can as well quit, instead of launching a malicious campaign against the new editor and his team. It is known every editor comes with his own team at the top. it is too well known a fact. I am sure the author of the above comment is knowledgable enough to know this.

    KT over the years got used to small time time characters as editors. One of the subs used to be promoted and made as editor. Hence, they could never rise above their petty-minded ness. It is high time the KT staff got used to high-profile individuals as editors. Better times have come to KT.
    If disgruntled senior staff launches a campaign like this on blogs, the KT will slip into dark ages again.
    If u do not like it, please leave. But do not wreck the ship by throwing mud at all and sundry.

  • Fr
      30th of Apr, 2009
    0 Votes

    All this is very entertaining, but the author/s of this propaganda should first learn to write basic, coherent English (correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Khaleej Times, misleading though the name may be, come out in English?). If this is the top-notch editorial kwaliteee out there (shudder, shudder), it's absurd that these guys want a pay hike. They should be plain grateful they have a job. We, at one of the 'rival' papers, would not even let any of these 'writers' get past the reception desk. Tip for the propagandist/s: They could consider outsourcing their content from someone who has at least completed primary school.

  • Cl
      2nd of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED. HA-HA-HA

  • Cl
      2nd of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    excuse me, who is a high-profile individual there? rahul sharma, who was a small-time features writer in economic times and later got fired from reuters, or didier brun, who was a circulation manager at international herald tribune, and was fired (surprise, surprise!) because he forced himself on his female subordinate?

  • To
      3rd of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    The 'kwalitee' of ur own English is not very outstanding either.

  • Ha
      14th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    I think the general standard of english from these so-called disgruntled "journalists" speaks volumes. If they tried to get a job anywhere else in their profession they would surely be shown the door pretty darned quickly. They should instead of throwing crap at Rahul and his new team be bloody thankful they have been allowed to stay at all. The KT has improved immeasurably in recent times; the fact they can't see this says a lot about their shoddy non-professional ways. So I say all power to the new team, and the sooner you can get rid of the old-timers who don't understand the most basic tenets of journalism, the better!

  • Sy
      16th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    These so-called journalists can't even string a sentence together in English!

    Bragging about being with KT for 30 years or previous work for the Bangladesh Bugle is hardly journalism of note.

    The only egregious error KT committed was by not firing all of these waste-of-spaces many years ago.

  • Po
      18th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    It’s a sad story at KT and the fact that everything runs very unprofessionally leaves a lot of doubt to the quality of the newspaper. But most surprisingly the Galadari Group have not yet made the required changes, yet whatever appears on this blog are almost 70 per cent true and cannot be denied.

    Actually the wrong people have been posted in different departments, and that is why there is the so-called dissatisfaction in the job. The blame goes to Mr. Brun, Mr. Sharma, Mr. Subhani and their associates. Mr. Subhani according to sources is the man behind the entire mess at KT due to what the staff call "nepotism" that has actually ruined the journalism profession in this once reputable media house.
    Yes, the kwaletee of journalism is real trash. Almost everything is copy and paste and the grammar is terrible. Most of the chaps at KT need to go for proper English classes first before being recruited.

    And of course the really big time for change has come and it should be done with immediate effect without wasting time.

    It is now talk of Dubai, wherever a KT staff goes, the public are keen to know what is going on behind the scene and why changes are not being implemented, yet the rot has been exposed. It seems like the reputation of KT will only be restored once the public are aware there is a total overhaul in the entire editorial management, to restore confidence of both the readers and the society in general.

    Every single day, there seems to be some sort of blunder and the pages are not to perfection, because the editors no longer take keen interest in scrutinizing the errors before going to print. The headlines do not relate to the stories at all and does not make any sense. Most of the articles now appearing in the papers are either stale news or recycled features from elsewhere. Surely, where are we headed for, when we actually lack professionalism?
    Obviously, something needs to be done fast, even if there is need to appoint an interim editorial board to oversee the day to day running of the newspaper.

  • Kh
      19th of May, 2009
    0 Votes

    If Rahul Sharam and the new team is from North India, than I completely agree. These north Indian and Pakistani survive only on politics. Even in their home they have politics. This is my 14 years of experience with norther Indians.

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