New Delhi : “The National Union of Journalists (India) hails the Supreme Court's decision rejecting the petitions of the newspaper managements on the Majithia Wage Board Recommendations and the Government’s subsequent notification on the issue of newspaper employees wage fixation. The Court has called for payment of wages of both journalist and non-journalist employees of newspaper establishments as per the new scales from November 2011 and implementation from April 2014.
The NUJ(I) welcomes this as a great victory of the newspaper employees, journalists and non-journalists together who fought the managements attempts to block the wage revision that came after 12 years in particular and working class in general at a time when the employers have been pressuring government to deny workers their due under the pretext of globalisation and liberalisation. The Government has also done the right thing to stand by justice to workers in notifying the Majithia Boards’ recommendations with minor modifications. The credit for the success in the case goes to the Confederation of All unions of the newspaper employees including the NUJ(I) under the leadership of the PTI Federation Secretary Mr. M.S. Yadav.
The NUJ(I) considers this success as a challenge for the newspaper employees, more specifically working journalists to stand united and beat the managements’ attempts to impose an illegal contract system on them and also work together for the advancement of ethical journalism against attempts to dilute and disfigure it by various outside and inside forces.