PTI employees to intensify stir for wage hike

Dharamsala: The Federation of PTI Employees Association today decided to intensify its agitation for a wage hike by joining the nationwide strike in newspaper industry on August 3 and observe a two-hour protest daily after this date in all its bureaux. The decision to make the August 3 strike called by the Confederation of Newspaper and New Agency Employees Association successful and observing a two-hour protest was taken at the national executive committee meeting of the PTI Federation here in Himachal Pradesh.

Addressing the meeting, Federation General Secretary M S Yadav said "we have given enough time to the management to implement the recommendations of the Majithia wage boards for journalists and non-journalists…we will intensify our agitation from August 3 onward." Executive committee members expressed unhappiness over the delay in implementation of the wage board award notified by the government on November 11, 2011 and said workers of the newspaper industry will not tolerate this "injustice" any further.

Earlier, addressing the executive committee meeting, Himachal Pradesh Minister Ravinder Singh Ravi said he would request Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to "strongly" ask the Centre to give instructions to newspaper owners to immediately implement the wage board award. Ravi shared concerns of journalist and non-journalists on delay in implementation of the wage board award which has "demoralising" effect on them and is harming their functioning.