Journalists in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country demonstrated on Sunday to press their demands including announcement of the new wage structure, job security of the journalists and enactment of Mass Media Employees’ Act immediately.
The rallies were arranged as a part of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists’ pre-declared demonstration in protest at indiscriminate termination of journalists and other employees at different media houses and the case lodged by Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh against 9th wage board award.
In Dhaka, journalists organised the rally under the banner of ‘Sangbadik-Shramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad’ in front of the National Press Club to press home the demands.
Addressing the rally as the chair, BFUJ president Molla Jalal said that the rally was arranged to create pressure on the government demanding a new wage structure increasing wages of journalists and other employees and against the NOAB move.
DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury said that NOAB representatives were present in five meetings of the committee formed for ninth wage board award. ‘But their representatives were not present at the meeting where the decision of giving dearness allowances was made.’
Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspaper Press Workers’ president Alamgir Hossain Khan and Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Karmachari Federation president Matiur Rahman Talukder, among others, spoke.
A procession was followed.
The leaders later submitted a petition to the information minister pressing the demands.
Khulna Union of Journalists staged the demo in front of Khulna Press Club in the city and Barishal Union of Journalists formed a human chain in front of Town Hall in the Barishal city, the New Age correspondents in Khulna and Barishal reported.
Journalists had been on movement for a new wage structure for past few years and the government on January 19, 2018 formed 13-member 9th wage board led by former Supreme Court judge Nizamul Huq to this end.
On August 6, the High Court, responding to a writ petition of NOAB, ordered a status quo on announcement of new wage structure.
On August 14, Supreme Court chamber judge Md Nuruzzaman, responding to a government appeal against the order, referred the issue to the regular bench of the Appellate Division for a hearing for today (August 19).
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