Government Policy

Newsmen stage protests demanding new wage board in Khulna

KHULNA, Jan 28, 2017 (BSS) - Journalists in this southwestern industrial city here today staged a street protest as Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists' (BFUJ) is spearheading a nationwide campaign demanding formation of ninth Wage Board for higher pay structure for newsmen.

"We will be forced to wage a tougher movement unless the ninth wage board is formed by January 31," Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) president Shaban Mahmud told the rally in front of Khulna Press Club as newsmen representing the mainstream print and electronic media joined the protests.

He said the protests demanding the wage board would continue until February 5 but expected Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu to respond to the call in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's repeated assurance.

Mahmud said the BFUJ and DUJ would launch a tougher movement on February 5 unless the demand was met by then.

BFUJ vice president Manotosh Basu accused the information minister of breaching his own words pledging to declare the new wage board by December 31 but said "the journalists know how to realize the wage board".

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Khulna Union of Journalists (KUJ) jointly organized the programme to press the demand for formation of ninth wage board.

The journalist leaders also condemned parliament member Shamim Osman's 'indecorous' comments about media and noted journalist and Prime Minister's media affairs adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. Presided over by KUJ President S M Zahid Hossain, the meeting was addressed, among others' by BFUJ Joint Secretary General Mozzammel Haque Howlader, Jessore Union of Journalists (JUJ) President Sazed Rahman, , Ex-President of Dhaka Sub Editor Council Ashraful Islam, Khulna Press Club President S M Habib, General Secretary Subir Kumar Roy, JUJ General Secretary Habibur Rahman Milon, KUJ Vice President Mallick Sudhangsu, General Secretary Shah Alam, Ex-KUJ President Sheikh Abu Hasan and Mamun Reza. KUJ Vice President Koushik Dey Bappy conducted the meeting.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)