BFUJ seeks PM’s intervention over wage board

DHAKA, Jan 9, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) today sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's direct intervention in forming the ninth wage board for enhanced wages for newsmen.

"The journalists community of the country is extremely annoyed and upset as the information ministry is dillydallying, breaching its pledges in a cunning manner despite President's moral support and Prime Minister's repeated assurance (in constituting the wage board)," the BFUJ said in a statement.

The apex forum of the country's journalist unions said it was calling for the premier's intervention as "no more it could keep trust on the information ministry" over the issue.

The statement was issued following a BFUJ executive committee meeting at the Jatiya Press Club with its president Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul in the chair.

BFUJ secretary general Omar Faruque, vice presidents Jafor Wajed and Shahidul Alam, treasure Madhusudan Mandal, president of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) Shaban Mahmud, general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury, BFUJ executive member Syed Istiaq Reza, Mofida Akbar and Swapan Dasgupta, among others, spoke at the meeting.

"The (information) minister and the secretary from a formal meeting had declared that 9th wage board will be formed by 31st December, 2016," the statement recalled.

But the ministry breached their promise and was now delaying "in the name of holding meetings" and therefore "we are urging the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter".

The BFUJ, meanwhile, decided to stage journalist rallies across the country on January 18 to fix a tougher plan of action unless the wage board was formed by January 17.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)