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Media employees hold protest against retrenchments by Newspaper organisations

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | June 29, 2020 07:02 PM

CHANDIGARH: Employees of various media organisations - journalists as well as non-journalists today protested against the large scale retrenchments and seeking of forcible resignations from media professionals by the managements of various media houses.

These professionals, from English, Hindi and Punjabi newspapers, besides representatives of various unions of media persons, gathered at Sector 17 Plaza this morning. Raising their demand to stop all unfair practices by the managements, they demanded that managements stop retrenching employees and save their livelihoods.

While maintaining all physical distancing norms, necessitated because of COVID-19 pandemic, they also sought a special economic package for the media industry from the Centre.

These professionals said that media industry has been hit hard by the economic crisis caused by  the lockdown.

The advertisement and Circulation revenue of the newspapers and magazines has gone down drastically and the Media Organization are trying to make up their losses by laying-off and retrenching employees. These professionals demanded relief package for only those media organisations who have not laid-off any employees.

A memorandum, listing all these demands, was signed by all professionals, and later handed over to the Governors of Punjab and Haryana, to be forwarded to the Prime Minister of India. In this memorandum, the Prime Minister has been urged to task the Labour department to immediately get in touch with the managements of all media organisations and stop them from the unfair practice of forcibly seeking resignations from employees.

The managements may be asked to immediately reinstate all employees who have been forced to resign.

The Tribune Employees Union, National Union of Journalists (India), Indian Journalists Union, Punjab & Chandigarh Journalist Union, Chandigarh Punjab Union of Journalists, Chandigarh Journalists Association, Indian Express Employees Union, UNI Employees Union and Many senior and veteran journalists joined the gathering.

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