Wednesday, May 30, 2012

కాంట్రాక్ట్ జర్నలిస్టులారా...ఇదొక సారి చదవండి..

జర్నలిస్టుల శ్రమను దోచుకోవడానికి యాజమాన్యాలు పలు మార్గాలు అనుసరిస్తున్నాయి. కాంట్రాక్ట్ జర్నలిస్టుల పేరిట, కంట్రిబ్యూటర్ల పేరిట డబ్బులు తక్కువ ఇచ్చి పని ఎక్కువ చేయించుకుంటున్నాయి. అన్ని మీడియా సంస్థలు ఇదే పని  చేస్తున్నాయి. జర్నలిస్టులకు న్యాయబద్ధంగా ఉండాల్సిన ఎలాంటి సౌకర్యాలూ వీరికి ఉండవు. ఈ పరిస్థితిలో కేరళలో ఇండియన్ ఎక్ష్ ప్రెస్ లో పనిచేస్తున్న కాంట్రాక్ట్ జర్నలిస్టులు పోరాడి పీ.ఎఫ్.సౌకర్యం పొందారు.

డబ్బుకు అమ్ముడుపోయే.... జర్నలిస్టులు కాని జర్నలిస్టు నేతలను కాకుండా నిబద్ధత ఉన్న వారి సహకారంతో హక్కుల కోసం పోరాడి విజయం సాధించవచ్చని ఇది నిరూపిస్తుంది. ఈ బిట్ ను నాకు పంపిన సీనియర్ మోస్ట్ జర్నలిస్టు కు థాంక్స్. 

NEW DELHI: In a significant development that can have ripple effects in the media industry, contract journalists working for the New Indian Express in Kerala will become eligible to provident fund, unlike their counterparts in the rest of the country.
Regional PF Commissioner, Kochi, N.Gopalakrishnan has ordered that the journalists and non-journalist employees working on contract basis in Kochi unit of the New Indian Express are eligible for Provident Fund benefits.
In a 64-page verdict given after an enquiry undertaken as per the Provident Fund Act 1952, the PF Commissioner rejected the NIE management's claim that the journalist and non-journalist's of the NIE, Kochi are not employees and, hence, they are not entitled to EPF benefit.

The Commissioner found that they are very much employees of the NIE establishment and ordered the immediate assessment of EPF amount eligible for each and every employees working on contract at the NIE, Kochi.
This is a landmark victory for the New Indian Express Employees Association (Kerala), employees organisation of the New Indian Express in Kerala. The verdict would have far reaching consequences in the media industry in particular and trade union movement in general at a time when more and more people have been employed on contract basis by companies.
The New Indian Express Employees Association (Kerala), according to its President N Padmanabhan and GS Radhakrishnan, fought the case relentlessly for the last three years against heavy odds.

3 comments:

Prashant said...

The media industry is riddled with losses.Barring a few,all the publications and electronic media are under heavy losses.It is only with the help of political parties and various industrial houses that they could run the show.Public listed companies like NDTV and TV18 could not show profits consistently since their inception.How could they maintain their house without any positive bank balance is anybody guess now.

In this context journos can't really stick to this unviable profession.Look for something else to make a living rather than sticking to media houses whose accounts itself are not in order.

నరేష్ నందం (Naresh Nandam) said...

In AP, there are nearly 10000 contract employees in media industry. But, who fight for them? APUWJ or other journalists unions wont fight for them anyway. If the employees raise a voice, god knows howmuch will be the benifits, but they wont find a chance work anywhere the next month.
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Btw, Dear Ram, i heard that you are getting freedom today. Is it true? If so, may i expect some more news with out inhibitions??

Sitaram said...

Naresh,
I relished freedom every day. I tried my best to write about the happenings there but as you know it is difficult to touch some core issues. I am going to share my experiences in the form of posts soon.
cheers
Ramu