APNS petition:SC hearing on 29th
ISLAMABAD:Jan.23:Notices have been issued to the counsel, representing the parties in the All Pakistan Newspapers Society’s petition against the Wage Board Award that the Supreme Court will list it, for hearing on Jan 29.
Since APNS counsel Abdul Hafeez had gone abroad for treatment, the First Bench, therefore, adjourned the case to “a date after Jan 25”.
Lawyers, associated with Pirzada, however, do not expect him back here before the end of this month or in the early days of the next month.
The APNS filed the petition, questioning the legality of the Pakistan Newspaper Employees (Condition of Service) Act of 1973, that mandates revision of the industry’s salanes every five years
The petition also challenges the status of the Seventh Wage Board, particularly its application to non journalist staff of the news media.
The basic questions like the Attainability of the petition, filed in July, 2002 in the light of earlier Supreme Court detenninations on the legality of the Wage Board, is still to be decided.
While Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, assisted by a number of his assistants, appears for the petitioners, Abid Hassan Manto, Mohammad Akram Sheikh and Raja Muhammad Akram are appearing for various trade unions of journalists and newspaper employees.
Source: Business Recorder