An apex organisation of newspaper and news agency employees on Tuesday decided to launch agitations in the capital on November 29 and 30 in protest against the non-implementation of the Majithia Wage Boards for journalists and non-journalists even a year after its notification.
Condemning the “anti-labour” attitude of the newspaper managements at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, general secretary of the Confederation of Newspapers and News Agencies Employees Organisations (CNNAEO) M.S. Yadav said the confederation has been forced to launch agitations because of the “stubbornness” of media barons even after the Supreme Court clarifying there was no stay on the notification.
He cautioned the managements against “testing” the patience of the workers anymore and aggravate the situation.
Mr. Yadav hoped saner sense would prevail and the managements would not delay anymore in implementing the Wage Board award for the workers who are waiting for a wage hike for the last 14 years.
Those who attended the meeting include Madan Tawlar of All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF), Rajendra Prabhu of the National Union of Journalists (India) (NUJI), Parmanand Pandey of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ), president of the Indian Express-Jansatta union C.S. Naidu and general secretary of Times of India unions Roop Chand.
A peaceful demonstration was held on Monday in the Press Trust of India bureaux across the country as part of the agitation to press their demand.