IFJ Executive Committee Condemns the Hindustan for terminating 362 employees

The International Federation of Journalists condemns the termination of services of 362 permanent employees of the Hindustan Times in Delhi and supports the Hindustan Times Employees Union struggle for the withdrawal of the arbitrary and illegal dismissal order of 3 October 2004.

The IFJ takes a dim view of the employer´s tactics in justifying the termination of services on grounds of change in ownership of its printing units to its subsidiary, whereas in effect it is controlled and owned by the Hindustan Times group itself. The IFJ is particularly is concerned about the Company´s use of FDI as a cover for dismissing its employees.

The IFJ sends a message of solidarity of support to the employees and the Union and calls upon the Hindustan Times management to immediately reinstate the employees.

Finally, it calls upon both the Central and Delhi Governments to intervene in the matter and direct the competent authorities to ensure the rule of law and ensure that the Company withdraw its termination order and reinstate the employees.

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