Monday, October 11, 2010

Pakistan Observer
PFUJ to observe Black Day on 13th
Islamabad—The supreme body of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) - Federal Executive Council (FEC) - on Sunday decided to observe Oct 13 (Wednesday) as black day across the country against massive retrenchment in various media houses.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting of FEC, PFUJ President Pervez Shaukat said that it has been decided that all the affiliated unions would hold demonstrations in their respective areas and press clubs by wearing black stripes on arms and display black flags at top of their offices. He said that all journalistic bodies would observe Oct 13 as black day.

Train march would be conducted from Karachi to Islamabad while sit-in would be staged outside parliament till the assurance from the owners of media organizations to restore the sacked journalists on their previous positions.

The FEC demanded for the enhancement of the wages in consonance with the prevalent price hike and inflation. The meeting noted with concern that the seventh wage award which was supposed to be operative from July 1, 2000, has not yet been implemented. During the last 16 years the wages of the federal and provincial governments and even private sector have increased manifold and recently 50 per cent increase has been given to the government employees.—APP

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