Journalists demand interim relief
KARACHI- A joint meeting of the executive councils of All-Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation (APNEC) and Pakistan Federal Union of journalists (PFUJ) has welcomed the constitution of the seventh wage board for newspaper workers and journalists.
The meeting, which was organized by the Karachi Union of journalists, began at the Karachi Press Club. It was attended by the representatives of journalists and newspaper workers from across the country, according to a KUJ press release.
The meeting, which was presided over by PFUJ president I.H. Raashed and APNEC chairman Abdul Hameed Chhapra, was attended, among others, by office-bearers of APNEC, PFUJ, Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of journalists, Khyber Union of Journalists, Balochistan Union of Journalists and Punjab Union of journalists.
The office-bearers of CBAs representing employees of various newspapers also attended the meeting. The meeting requested the chairman of the board, justice Raja Afrasiyab, to convene the board’s meeting at the earliest to announce interim relief for journalists and newspaper workers.
The meeting was of the view that the announcement of interim relief at the earliest had become imperative because of the fact that the salaries set by the sixth wage award had been offset by the continuing price spiral.
Earlier, a meeting of the PFUJ’s executive council while reiterating the resolution adopted at its biennial delegates meeting at Peshawar last year rejected the proposed setting up of a press council in the country. The meeting condemned the killing of Tharparkar-based journalist Soofi Mohammad and attack on Hyderabad-based newsman Abdul Hafeez Abid and his son. They meeting also condemned the killing of the son of Multan-based journalist Maseehur Rahman.