The National Alliance of Journalists Unions at a meeting in Delhi has called for setting up of a permanent wage fixation machinery for periodic revision of wages. It has further called upon the central and state governments to make non-implementation of the current Majithia wage board award a cognizable offence taking in view large scale non-implementation.
The meeting following a national consultation with lawyers, academics, activists and journalists fighting cases for several years has further expressed solidarity with the September 2, 2015 action call by a wide amalgam of trade unions and resolved to join solidarity rallies.
The National Consultation it may be recalled was a united attempt by various bodies like the Press Club of India, Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai Press Club, Delhi Union of Journalists, Indian Women Press Corps.
The NAJ meeting at the DUJ office has expressed solidarity with the national confederation of newspaper and news agencies employees organizations and its attempts to widen unity further. It has further decided to have joint associate ties with the All India Newspaper Employees Federation, with which the DUJ is already associated.
Another resolution condemned increasing attacks on journalists and called for a risk insurance cover for the entire media fraternity. Furthermore, it felt that pension as a third benefit was the need of the hour.
Serious concern was expressed at the plight of journalists in the TV networks also with the demand for the Working Journalists Act to be extended to the entire media. A doubling of unfair labour practices was taken note of.
The meeting fully endorsed the strong condemnation of the national consultation on the I&B ministry show cause notice to three leading channels viz ABP news, NDTV and Aaj Tak for their coverage of the Yakub Memon hanging. It also noted the prompt reaction of the Editors Guild on the issue.
S. K Pande, General Secretary, DUJ, On Behalf of the National Alliance of Journalists Unions from Delhi