Media moan

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/02/2018

Even as the pay scales laid down by the Majithia Wage Board  have affected the viability of several media outlets, leading to increased lay-offs and more contract employment, the National Alliance of Journalists and the Delhi Union of Journalists have demanded the constitution of another wage board in a statement today. It also appeals to members of parliament to ensure that the Working Journalists Act is made applicable to electronic media employees, and that they also are covered by the Wage Board. It expresses shock at the fact that the National Budget had nothing to offer working journalists.              

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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