Journalists vow to fight back NOAB’s move to obstruct wage hike

DHAKA, Mainstream newspaper journalists and employees

today staged a protest expressing their determination to overturn a move by

newspaper owners to obstruct their wage hike under 9th Wage Board award and

demanded government intervention to protect their rights for dignified

living.

The apex forum of journalist unions Bangladesh Federal Union of

Journalists (BFUJ) and its top affiliate Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ)

called the protest rally in front of the National Press Club, at the time

they simultaneously demanded announcement of the award by August 17.

The newsmen and their leaders blasted Newspaper Owners Association (NOAB)

for its move to create legal obstructions in their efforts to dillydally

implementation of the award.

They also issued a strong note of warning against a recent phenomenon to

retrench their colleagues from some newspapers as the demand for wage board

implementation was getting a momentum.

If the demand is not fulfilled by August 17, journalist community will opt

for tougher action programmes, said a DUJ press release.

BFUJ and DUJ jointly organised the rally in front of the JPC in support of

their demands that include publication of the gazette of the 9th wage board

award, stopping retrenchment of journalists from service and ensuring

security of journalists, added the release.

BFUJ president Molla Jalal chaired the rally while BFUJ's acting secretary

general Abdul Majid, DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury, DUJ's

joint secretary Akhter Hossain, Bangladesh Newspaper Employees' Federation

president Matiur Rahman Talukder, secretary general Khairul Islam, Bamhladesh

Newspaper Press Federation Alamgir Hossain Khan, secretary general Kamal

Uddin, Dhaka Reporters' Unity general secretary Kabir Ahmed Khan addressed

the rally, among others.

They also urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps on the

case filed by NOAB just before the announcement of 9th wage board award.

The journalist leaders criticized the role of Newspaper Owners'

Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) and said whenever the government takes steps

to increase salaryallowance for journalistsemployees of newspapers, NOAB

opposes it.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)