Hyderabad: Hundreds of working journalists on Tuesday took part in a protest dharna against the inordinate delay in notifying the recommendations of Justice G R Majitha Wage Board, following a call given by Confederation of Newspapers and News Agency Employees Organizations (New Delhi).
The protest in Hyderabad was organized under the banner of IJU and APUWJ at the Basheer Bagh Press Club.
The representatives of various trade unions too had participated in dharna and expressed their solidarity with the scribes.
The journalists, holding placards, ‘Fight Indian Newspapers Society (INS) money power with unity,’ ‘Down Down on INS lies,’ ‘Condemn Lies of INS,’ ‘Freedom of press is not for managements, it is for Journalists,’ raised slogans against the Central government and managements.
Former IJU, general secretary Srinivas Reddy, addressing the dharna camp, said that the working journalists are living in pathetic condition and they feel like working in unorganized sectors.
Though the recommendation of Majthi Wage Board was submitted to the Central government on December 31 last year, but till date the Central Cabinet failed to take up this matter.
He pointed out the wage revision of journalists is pending since decade, the newspapers managements taking no care of the journalists, even the managements were not extending the facilities of ESI and PF.
Though the managements are enjoying various subsidies from the governments, they have utterly failed to provide minimum wages and facilities, Mr Srinivas Reddy said.
The senior leaders of journalist Associations D Amar, Amarnath, MA Majid and others were present.
APUWJ president Somasunder welcomed the gathering, while general secretary Narender proposed a vote of thanks.
Narsimhulu (AICTU), Mallesh (BMS), K Sambasiva Rao (CPI-MLA), Gopala Reddy (APNGOs), Nageshwar Rao (CITU), Balakrishna (Deccan Chronicle Employees Union), spoke on this occasion.