The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
extends its support to its affiliate organisation, the Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists (PFUJ), in its campaign to secure all back wages and special
bonus payments due prior to the festive occasion of Eid-ul Fitr.
The IFJ is
alarmed at the growing distress within Pakistan’s community of journalists on
account of the continuing default on wage payments by the country’s media
houses, including some of the most renowned and profitable enterprises.
has resolved on a campaign of protests and demonstrations, including work
stoppages and picketing of media offices. Some of the media houses reportedly
have not paid wages for more than four months. The honoured convention that
deferred wages would be paid as a bonus during Eid is also in danger of being
calls for an investigation by empowered authorities into the finances of four
identified TV broadcasters, which according to the PFUJ have not paid salaries
since January 2010. The summary dismissal of an estimated 510 employees by
media houses – in both the broadcast and print sectors – also needs to be investigated.
journalists have faced numerous challenges with great courage over recent years,”
IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.
that their employers can do is to provide them the recognition that is due,
minimally by giving them a fair wage deal.”
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