Journalists & Press Workers Call for Unified Action

New Delhi : A Joint Extended meeting of the Executive Committee of the Press Unity Centre and the Delhi Union of Journalists has resolved through a reorganized structure to move jointly in matters pertaining to the serious situation effecting hundreds of journalists and press workers in Delhi in particular with the widest possible national alliance based on agreed principles and a minimum programme. This it felt was necessary taking into account various management schemes all over the country, which included schemes of getting rid of 50 per cent of the staff and carrot and stick contracts in circulation.

The marathon meeting which concluded late on March 31 has blamed both the centre and the state governments of dithering in implementation of the wage board award sanctified by the supreme court judgment. It is of the view that the situation has led to a grave crisis for the survival of security of service reducing labour laws like the Working Journalists Act to a farce.

The meeting took note of the struggle in various units of Jagran and the multiplying contempt cases pertaining to non-implementation from the Delhi Labour Commissioner’s office to various courts and spreading to Noida and neighbouring areas.

The two bodies jointly appealed to the All India Newspaper Employees Federation to join on a minimum programme. It welcomed all efforts of the Confederation of News agencies & Newspaper employees organizations headquarters in Delhi for joint moves and called for an approach of combining collective action with the struggle in the court  to save the newspaper industry from a variety of sources, national and international.

The meeting chaired by the General Secretary DUJ and the President of the Press Unity Centre agreed on a common code of functioning and the broad structure for a 30 person executive comprising an equal number from both the bodies. Joint notices to various newspaper bodies were finalized. It was decided to meet within the next fortnight for announcing a phased united plan. Various plant unions in Delhi have agreed to cooperate.

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