PTI employees strike work for pay revision

Bhubaneswar: Employees of India’s premier news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) here struck work today as part of a country-wide strike called by their union in protest against the inordinate delay in implementation of Justice G R Majithia Wage Board recommendations for revision of their pay-scale.

During the 24-hour strike called by the Federation of PTI Employees Unions, all the employees wholeheartedly participated in the agitation to make it a success in support of their demand for immediate implementation of the Wage Board’s recommendations which had been submitted way back in December, 2010.

The protesters lamented that the recommendations were yet to be implemented though the central government had also approved the report and issued a notification in this regard in November, 2011.

Slogan shouting employees who staged a demonstration to send a strong message to their management as well as newspapers owners, who are the stake holders in the news agency, said that their pay-scale has not been revised for last 13 years. They were facing a lot of difficulty with meagre salary in these days of spiralling price and high inflation.

Denouncing the dilly-dallying tactic pursued by the management, they sought to stress that PTI was a profit making organization but no effort was being made for the welfare and wellbeing of its employees who constituted the backbone of its strength in the world of news dissemination for which it is known.

The employees, who had held several demonstrations and dharna all over the country since last year to press for their demand, also threatened to resort to an indefinite strike if their salary is not hiked forthwith as per the Wage Board recommendations.