KUWJ would resort to agitation for interim relief

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Kozhikode, Dec 4 (UNI) Journalists in the country would resort to agitation demanding immediate release of 'Interim Relief' for journalists and non-journalists in the Newspaper Industry, Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) today said.

Inaugurating a two-day northern region trade union camp organised by the KUWJ, its president P P Saseendran also demanded completion of Justice Narayana Kurup Wage Board as per schedule.

''We have no option but to go on agitation,'' if the Government failed to take a decision on the issue soon, he said adding a memorandum had already been submitted to Union Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes, highlighting the plight of the employees.

Mr Saseendran said, as in the past, KUWJ would take step to mobilise mass support for the implementation of Wage Board report by the newspaper management in the country.

Addressing the gathering, KUWJ General Secretary N Padmanabhan said the employees expected a fair deal, as the newspaper Industry had recorded a rapid growth during the last couple of years, generating huge revenue.

Mr Padmanabhan said the previous Manisona Singh Wage Board for journalists and non-journalists had announced a 20 per cent interim relief 10 years ago.

The camp was attended by delegates from Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod, Wayanad, Malappuram and Palakkad district.

The Union had already conducted a Southern Regional camp at Kollam last month.

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