Wage Board Award announced
ISLAMABAD- Justice (Retd) Raja Afrasiab Khan, Chairman 7th Wage Board for Newspaper Employees, announced a 50 percent increase in the wages of the Newspaper employees.
While announcing salient features of the Award, justice (Retd) Afrasiab Khan said the increase in the Award will be applicable from July 1, 2000 and Newspaper Organizations and News Agencies are liable to pay all the arrears until December 2001.
Responding to a question, he expressed the hope, that all the concerned Newspaper Organizations will implement the recommendations of the Wage Board.
He said, “This is the best Award in the given circumstances”. He said, “ I wish to give more but it was not possible”. He said all the representatives of the employees and employers did their best and they fully cooperated to fulfill the task of arriving on a consensus.
He said, “I have given relief up to 50 per cent on the recommendations of the two member committee comprising economic advisors, which worked hard”. The committee comprising Dr. Kamal and Dr. Irfan, recommended increase from 51 to 52 per cent in the overall wages of the Newspapers workers. The formula was calculated on the basis of the increase occurred in the cost of living during last five years.
Replying to a query, Justice (Retd) Afrasiab said the new Award would also be applicable on the contract employees.
To another question, Chairman of the Wage Board Award said pension at the rate of 70 per cent would be applicable for the employees s of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).
He thanked Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Omar Asghar Khan, Secretary Information Anwar Mahmood and other concerned government officials for helping create harmony between the representatives of employees and employers. Employees representatives including I. H. Rashid and Pervez Shaukat, while speaking on the occasion, paid compliments to the services of Chairman of seventh Wage Board and thanked for his tireless efforts for workers cause.
Source: The Nation