New Delhi, 29 August : Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) and Delhi Union of Working Journalists (DUWJ) have lauded the verdict of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court, which reinstated 272 employees of the Hindustan times with consequential benefits from the date of their termination on 3rd October 2004. In a joint statement, the IFWJ Secretary General Parmanand Pandey and the DUWJ President A. S. Negi have expressed their happiness and said that ultimately the truth has triumphed.
In 40-page landmark judgement delivered on 27th of August 2018, Justice Vinod Goel has poignantly quoted that ‘it needs no emphasis that if a man is deprived of his livelihood, he is deprived of all his fundamental and constitutional rights for him the goal of social and economic justice and equality of status and opportunity and freedom enshrined in the constitution remain illusory.
Therefore, the approach of the courts must be compatible with the constitutional philosophy of which the directive principles of the state policy constitute an integral part and justice due to the workman should not be denied by entertaining the spacious and untenable grounds put forward by the employer public or private.’
The employees have won this case after a long drawn legal battle and they deserve kudos and congratulations for their tenacity to the cause of justice. The court has directed the Hindustan Times management ‘to begin with let the management deposit the wages of all the workmen who have not yet attained the age of superannuation with the benefit of continuity of service.’
This judgment will certainly go a long way in giving impetus to thousands of newspaper employees across the country, who have been fighting against their illegal retrenchments, terminations and implementation of the Majithia awards.
Alkshendra Singh Negi
Delhi Union of Working Journalists (DUWJ)
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