7th Wage Board Award implementation demanded -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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7th Wage Board Award implementation demanded

PESHAWAR- One day seminar on “implementation of seventh wage board award for newspaper employees and working conditions of the workers” strongly demanded the implementation of the Seventh Wage Board Award and also demanded that contract system might be abolished from newspaper industry.

The workshop was organised by the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) attended among others by President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) I. H. Rashid, ex-President PFUJ, Minhaj Burna, central information secretary of Awami National Party (ANP), Haji Muhammad Adeel, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) (F) Haji Abdul Jalil Jan, President Khyber Union of Journalists Muhammad Sharif Mohmand, chief of Aurat Foundation Rakhshanda Naz and was presided over by President PPC Intikhab Amir.

Ironically, beside other political parties including Pakistan Muslim League, Pakistan Peoples Party, protector of human rights chairman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Afrasiab Khattak did not attended the one day workshop organised for the rights of the working journalists.

Addressing the seminar I.H. Rashid strongly demanded of the government to implement the seventh wage board award immediately, end the contract system in the newspaper industry, issue appointment letters to the workers and regularise their salaries.

He said that they have worked always for the freedom of the press and to facilitate the working hours of the journalists adding that they have fight for these two objectives either against democratic government or military dictatorship.

The PFUJ president rejected on this occasion proposed press council of the present military set up and asked the government that before the implementation of the new ordinance regarding regularisation of the newspapers should be consulted with the journalists.

Expressing his point of view regarding the subject, eminent journalist and ex-president PFUJ, Minhaj Burna said that All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) were not two separate organisation but he said that they were one against the rights of the workers demanding unity in the journalists community.

Leader of JUI Abdul Jalil Jan strongly supported the plea of the journalist community and demanded for the rights of the journalists.

Haji Muhammad Adeel of ANP also supported on this occasions the point of view of the working journalists and ensured his full support at every juncture.

President KhUJ, Sharid Mohmand expressed his reservations about the powers of the implementation tribunal for the seventh wage board award and said that tribunal have not enough powers to implement their decision asking for more powers for them.

President Peshawar Press Club demanded of the political parties to join hands with the working class of the newspaper industry and raise their voices for their rights.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:2/8/2002