Islamabad, Sept 29: The Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees,(ITNE) Islamabad, constituted under Section 12-A of the Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1973, for ensuring implementation of the Wage Board Award has admitted for regular hearing cases lodged by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) against one of the emerging leading media empire "Express Group" and issued separate notices to its nine stations on charge of non-implementation of 7th Wage Board Award.
ITNE Chairman Nasir Hussain Haidri, while admitting the pleas of the PFUJ summoned the Management of Express Group Establishment, to appear before the Tribunal on 12-11-2010 at Islamabad, through a duly authorised agent or legal representatives dully instructed and able to answer all material questions relating to the cases.
Earlier, the tribunal had directed the Express Management to file statements as well as submit complete record of employees working in their respective organisations and details of wages, allowances being paid to them since their joining of the Express Newspaper.
The ITNE also sought record pertaining to attendance of their employees, appointment letters etc., and other vital information.
The notices have been issued to managment of Daily Expres Lahore, Rahim Yar KHan, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Quetta, Sukkur, Sargodha, Islamabad, Multan, and Faisalabad.
The PFUJ asked all the employees working in Daily Express in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Quetta, Gujranwal, Sargodha, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, and Peshawar, to immediately put up their claims, objections, grievances, viz-a-viz 7th Wage Award and the present pay structure, to the PFUJ Secretariat.
The PFUJ further stated that it would ensure recovery of all arrears, and legitimate dues of employees from their organizations provided they intimate particulars of their employment, with specific reference of actual amount being paid to them by the employers, nature of duties being perfumed by them.
If they were not issued letters of appointment even then they should intimate their particulars indicating date of working and other information about their job, the PFUJ asked.
The PFUJ pointed out all those employees who had served in the Daily Express but relieved from the duties, dismissed, terminated, removed etc but their dues were not paid in consonance with the 7th Wage Board Award they can all so contact the Secretariat for filing their claims.
It may be noted that the PFUJ has filed more than 1500 cases against all media outlets (print media) for non implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award before the ITNE.
The PFUJ once again announced that any newspaper employee having any complaint or objection, grievance for non-implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award and for recovery of his legitimate wages, allowances admissible under the Labour Laws, can contact the PFUJ by sending complaints / applications.