Tuesday, October 12, 2010

PFUJ condemned the "Nawa-i-Waqat" group for massive retrenchment

PFUJ condemned the "Nawa-i-Waqat" group for massive retrenchment

Islamabad; Oct 12 :- Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the management of "Nawa-i-Waqat" group for massively retrenching media persons from its outlet on the false pretext of "losses" and superannuation of age.

Over 170 employees have reportedly been sacked recently from different outlets of "Nwa-i-Waqt" group.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) a Supreme Body of the (PFUJ) which met at Islamabad in its three days moot attended by all the elected representatives noted with concern that "Nawa-i-Waqat" group has built its huge empire due to the restless and excellent services rendered by its sincere and ardent media persons.

"Every one is aware of the fact that Nawa-i-Waqat Group had taken start with meagre resources but it attained the status of one of the richest media tycoons of the country due to tireless efforts of the media team", PFUJ observed.

According to the reports with PFUJ Secretariat, the management of Nawa-i-Waqat group owns, The Nation, Nawa-i-Waqat, Family, Phool, Nada-e-Millat and Waqat TV have recently removed over 170 media persons and a majority of them were attached with its outlets for over decades, from Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad, and Karachi offices and bureaus.

The sacked media persons have told that the management sacked them on the pretext that they have reached the age of superannuation, and hence their services are no more required, while a good number of media parsons in the Waqat TV were removed from service on the pretest that the group is sustaining huge losses.

Criticizing, the abrupt massive removal of the media persons from the Nawa-i-Waqat media outlet, the PFUJ pointed out, were working in the group for years together and if at all "their services were no more required" to the group they should have been intimated in advance so that they could have made alternative arrangements for earning bread and butter for themselves as well as their families.

As per cannons of justice and labour laws the group is under obligation to serve at least three months advance notice while taking such a drastic action or it should pay three month wages in advance along with removal order besides all their legitimate dues, including provident funds, gratuity, pension as per 7th Wage Board Award and other enabling laws applicable to the newspapers establishment, the PFUJ argued.

It pointed out that unfortunately the Nawa-i-Waqat Group claims itself to be a champion of human rights, and custodian of ideology of Pakistan and preacher of founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, but everyone is well aware that the founder of Pakistan always advocated supremacy of law, humanity, equity, fair-play and justice.

How can the Nawa-i-Waqat management justify its step by summarily removing over 170 senior members of its group without any prior notice, the PFUJ questioned.

However, all such codal formulates were not fulfilled by the management which is crystal clear and indicates their malafide intention and callousness, the PFUJ asserted.

Castigating the management action, the PFUJ demanded that all the sacked employees be compensated forthwith with their legitimate arrears of the 7th Wage Board Award, and other accrued benefits as per labour laws as well as three months wages as a notice for removal.

Shamsul Islam Naz
Secretary General
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