New Delhi : Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) condemns the decision of the Hindustan Times Management for closing down the publication centers of Bhopal, Indore, Ranchi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Kolkata.
IFWJ President K Vikram Rao has urged the Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi intervene. He has asked the IFWJ state units to lodge a formal complaint with the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal to take note of the victimisation of journalists and non-journalist employees. It is an arbitrary closure of the six editions of the newspapers and removal of a large number of employees from many publication centers. This act is illegal and in violation of labour laws of India.
The Hindustan Times management is yet to implement the Majithia Wage Boards recommendations. The method of changing the designations and indiscriminately transferring the employees to far off places to deprive them the benefits of the Wage Boards.
The IFWJ appeals to employees of different editions that they should lodge complaints with the respective labour commissioners in their states and forward a copy to our official email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IFWJ has formed a legal cell which is headed by IFWJ legal advisor Sri Ashwani Kumar Dubey. Sri Dubey is Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India, he is an expert on Labour laws, Trade Unions and Environment. He will be more than happy to advise the aggrieved employees regarding the right course of action. IFWJ Secretary Headquarters Vipin Dhuliya (Mob: 9818627033) and National Federation of Newspaper Employees General Secretary Com. C.M.Papni (Mob: 9871757316) will also be available for any help.
You may also contact IFWJ’s state units in the respective states:
Madhya Pradesh : Salman Khan President M.P.-W.J.U.: 8602420351
Uttar Pradesh: Com.Haseeb Siddiqui President U.P.W.J.U.: 9369774311
Jharkhand : Shahnawaz Hassan President J.J.A.: 9472752955
West Bengal : Ranjan Lahari President W.B.-W.J.U.: 9434861122
IFWJ has been working tirelessly for the rights of journalists since 1950. We are always there for our colleagues. As a Journalist Trade Union we are there to help not charge any fee or take undue favours, advantages from the distressed employees.