PFUJ condemns large-scale
retrenchment of DawnNews employees
Jan 29: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed grave
concern and dismay over large-scale removal of more than 45 employees from
their services in the DawnNews at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and
termed it arbitrary, mala fide and without lawful authority.
strong exception to this arbitrary action of the DawnNews channel management,
the PFUJ said that "the way about 50 employees of the channel have
summarily been removed from the service without any cogent reasons clearly
indicates that "there is no rule of law" in media organisations, and
that there is also no job security to employees.
is pity that such media channels and its owners who round-the-clock give
sermons of human rights, exposing those agencies in the government and private
sectors who violate laws, were themselves depriving people of their basic
rights and there was no job security for their own employees, and they are
summarily removed from service.
highheadiness of media owners can be judged from the fact that a majority of
the employees removed from the services were
working in various organisations for years together. But such employees were
lured for better jobs and commitments were made with them that they would be
given job security besides attractive packages.
employees worked with zeal and enthusiasm and hard labour round-the-clock and
successfully aired such channels, thereafter they were made victim of
"so-called financial constrains" and subsequently, removed from
services," the PFUJ added.
practice is in vague in DAWN-News and other channels and during the last 180
days over 500 employees have summarily been removed from service, indicating
the cruelty and malafide intentions of media owners," the PFUJ argued.
PFUJ pointed out that when media owners apply for acquiring licenses for
launching transmission of their channels, they make tall claims about their
extra-ordinary excellent financial health. However, after making ground in the
market and when they start fetching profit, such owners with the lust of wealth
resort to restructuring of the organizations ultimately terminating the
PFUJ said that it is the duty of the PEMRA to stake stock of such uncalled for
and arbitrary acts of media owners and appropriate steps be taken for
restraining the media owners from terminating their employees.
PEMRA is keeping a mum and why it never comes to the rescue of the
"removed employees." It is the duty of the PEMRA to oversee and
monitor that media organizations are running their channels as per terms and
conditions and as per undertakings given by them that they have ample financial
resources to run the channel, but after making them on air why they resort
retrenchments," the PFUJ questioned.
PFUJ directed all its affiliated unions of journalists and media persons to
express sympathies and support with the "removed employees of the
DawnNews" to condemn such acts, and stage protest rallies.
PFUJ also demanded of the government to take stock of the situation and ensure
implementation of the labour laws in the media organisation which has become a
"no-go area” for law and there prevails a law of the jungle.
PFUJ also urged international media, and human rights organisations to condemn
the arbitrary acts of removal of media persons from the DawnNews
however, recalled that earlier the Dawn News management had removed 75
employees a year ago when PFUJ was in its biennial delegates meeting inFaisalabadlast year. And now once again they
have chosen an occasion when all unions of journalists throughout the country
are busy in their organizational matters.
They have always stabbed the employees in the back when their
trade unions extraordinarily remain busy in their organizational setups. PFUJ
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