Journalists urge unity to get rightsJune 3, 2015
KARACHI: Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas said on Thursday that a very powerful lobby is behind exploitation of journalist community and even the sitting government dare not take action against it. The journalists are left with no choice but to fight for their rights and they should forge unity in their ranks and files for this purpose.
He was expressing his views in meeting that demanded to form the Eighth Wage Board, organized by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Karachi at Karachi Press Club.
Abbas said if media houses give salaries and bonuses to their employees on time then this clash situation could be easily averted. He said this time is to get united for our rights otherwise the formation of Wage Board would continue to be a distant dream.
KPC Ex President Imtiaz Khan Faran said: We are being deceived by some of our so-called colleagues who actually safeguard the interest of the owners. He said there is need for taking sincere efforts to get united and solve this lingering issue.
PFUJ Karachi General Secretary Khursheed Abbasi said they are ready to join hands with trade unions who struggle for their rights. He regretted that some ruling politicians have hired the services of some journalists who covertly work for them.
KPC General Secretary AH Khanzda said sometimes it takes too long to get the rights but we would not stop our struggle. He said the government should feel its responsibility to form Eighth Wage Board for the media employees to give them their rights.
APNEC Chairman Shafeeuddin Ashraf, Stated Bank Union leaders Liaquat Sahi, Zakir Ansari, Nawab Qureshi also spoke.