New Delhi: Hundreds of scribes of
newspapers and news agencies from across the country today
staged a march here to protest the "delay" in notification of
recommendations of the Wage Boards for journalists and non-
Parliamentarians from different parties joined the
agitating employees of media organisations in the march
organised by Confederation of Newspapers and News Agencies
Employees Organisations (CNNAEO).
Addressing the rally, Confederation`s General Secretary M
S Yadav said, "Despite timely submission of the Majithia wage
boards report on December 31, 2010, the government is
deliberately delaying the notification."
He attributed this delay to apparent "pressure" from
owners of the media houses.
The CNNAEO General Secretary said the delay in notifying
the recommendations of the journalists and non-journalists
wage boards was leading to intensification of the agitation as
employees of newspapers and news agencies were suffering from
He said that if the government did not immediately give
approval to the wage boards recommendations the employees
would be forced to make it an issue in the coming assembly
elections in five states.
The protest march started from UNI office and ended at
the Labour Ministry buildings where senior leaders of the
Confederation addressed the gathering. Vehicular traffic was
affected on the busy Rafi Marg for over three hours due to the
Similar protests were organised in different states. In
Mumbai, members of the Press Trust of India Workers` Union
(Western Region) staged a demonstration demanding immediate
implementation of the recommendations.
In Delhi, Yadav and others criticised suspension of
employees of the Tribune newspaper "as an example of
highhandedness of the management of the newspaper" and warned
of a nationwide agitation in favour of the suspended staff if
their suspension was not revoked immediately.
Besides Yadav, IJU`s Suresh Akhouri and K B Pandit,
NUJI`s N K Trikha and Rajendra Prabhu, IFWJ`s General
Secretary Parmanand Pandey, AINEF`s General Secretary Madan
Talwar and its Vice President Santosh Kumar, DUJ`s General
Secretary S K Pande, UNI`s M L Joshi and PTI`s Sanjay Sinha
and Rajbir Singh also participated in the agitation.
The scribes agitation had its echo in the Parliament too
where MPs from Congress, BJP, RJD and JD (U) raised the issue
in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.