Hyderabad, Oct 3 (UNI) The Indian Journalists Union(IJU) today regretted that the Union Cabinet paid no heed to the dissent note from employees representatives while accepting the recommendations of the Wage Boards for Journalists and non-Journalists employees of the Newspaper Industry regarding interim relief.
IJU Secretary-General K Srinivas Reddy said in a statement that the wage boards, without heeding the dissent note of the representatives of working journalists and other newspapers and news agencies employees, had recommended a paltry 30 per cent of basic wages as Interim Relief, while the employees demanded much more.
At that time, the Journalists Unions and other organisations of the newspaper employees had rejected the recommendation and demanded substantial increase in the quantum of interim relief. The wage boards ignored the realities of the situation obtaining in the newspaper industry now and recommended a paltry interim relief.
The Working Journalists and other newspaper employees expected the Union Government to substantially increase the quantum of interim relief. Now the decision of the Union Cabinet to stick to 30 per cent has came as a rude shock. It was clear that the Centre succumbed to the pressures of the newspaper barons and betrayed the interest of the working journalists and other newspaper employees, he added.
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