New Delhi: The Confederation of Newspapers
and News Agencies Employees Organisations on Monday said it will
launch a country-wide agitation if the government failed to
extend the tenure of the wage boards of journalists and
non-journalists within the next three days.
The confederation members, who staged a rally here
demanding the extension, also sought action against Labour
Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who they alleged was taking an
anti-labour stand and "favouring the employers".
The term of the wage boards expired yesterday. Chairman
of the boards Justice G R Majithia had sought an extension of
up to December 31 to submit the recommendations.
The Labour Ministry, however, is said to be not keen to
grant the extension.
"The wage boards have already completed more than 75 per
cent of the work. We will launch a country-wide agitation if
the government fails to extend the tenure of the boards within
three days," General Secretary of the confederation M S Yadav
He said the confederation will not accept setting up of a
The issue of extension to the wage boards came up during
this week`s Union Cabinet meeting where Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh was believed to have asked Kharge to hold
further consultations on the issue with the newspaper unions
and to coordinate with I&B Minister Ambika Soni.