|June 19, 2014: Court Dismiss Objection|
Mr. K. Sreenivas Reddy group has raised a several objections through their advocate to stop the proceeding of the 1.J.U.pending case before the Patiala House Court, New Delhi. We fought against these objections and finally, we have come victorious. The application for rejection of plaint (civil suit) filed by Mr. K. Sreenivas Reddy group has been dismissed by the Hon'ble court. Now the Hon'ble court has fixed July 5th 2014 to start the process the examining our witness in our case to restrain S. N. Sinha, D. Amar, K. Sreenivas Reddy , Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (A.P.U.W.J.) and others to use the name and seal of the I.J.U.Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Singh, the President of Bihar Working Journalists Union would be cross examined by the defense advocate.
|June 19, 2014: Delhi High Court issued notice to the P.C.I.|
TheHon'ble Delhi High Court court has issued the notice to the Press Council on the writ petition filed by the Indian Journalists Union (I.J.U.) against the decision of the Press Council of India not to recognize the I.J.U represented by us. The I.J.U. also made the Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry a party in this writ petition. Press Council of India has also not recognized the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (I.F.W.J.). They have also filled a writ petition in the Delhi High Court. On which the Hon'ble court ordered that the appointment/ nominations made to 12'h Press Council of India in the category of Working Journalists shall be subject to further orders passed by this Court. It means the nominations in this category were subject to the decisions passed in the writ petitions.
|February 17, 2014: Supreme Court Judgement|
In a major blow to the newspaper Managements, who opposed the awards of the Majithia Wage Boards, the Supreme Court of India in its historic verdict on February 7, 2014 has upheld the awards of the Wage Board and justified its notification by the union government on November 11, 2011.
The apex court has asked the managements of the newspapers and news agencies to implement it and pay the employees at the revised scale with arrears from November 11th, 2011.
The Supreme Court in its verdict further said "All arrears up to March 2014 shall be paid to all eligible persons in four equal installments within one year from today( February 7th,2014) and the revised wages should continue to be paid from April 2014".
A bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice. Shiva Kirti Singh pronounced this landmark judgement on February, 7th, 2014 and dismissed all 14 petitions filed by newspaper barons against the revision. Among the petitioners were publishers of Times of India, Anada Bazar Patrika, Indian Newspaer Society (I.N.S.) and the management of P.T.I.
Supreme Court said the recommendations "are valid in law based on genuine and acceptable considerations and there is no valid ground for interference under article 32 of the constitution". The Supreme Court upheld Wage Boards recommendation of grant of 100% neutralization of dearness allowance and variable pay. Indian Journalists Union (I.J.U.) hailing the Supreme Court's landmark judgment, described the decision as a great victory for newspaper journalists and non-journalists, who fought against the attempts of the employers to block it at every stage from the constitution of the Wage Boards to implementation of its recommendations and depriving the financial benefits to the employees.
I.J.U. President Suresh Akhouri, who was a member of Majithia Wage Board for Working Journalists said, "Now the historic decision of the Supreme Court has come in our favour. A chapter of exploitation by the managements has been closed and it is the time to implement the order fully within the stipulated timeframe".
He warned that if the owners go against the order of the Apex Court it would amount to contempt of the court . I.J.U. appeals to Union Government as well as the State Governments to ensure immediate implementation of the recommendations.
I.J.U. was fully involved in this entire struggle, but the defected persons of the I.J.U. was not seen anywhere in the struggle. Perhaps they were very busy in their anti-union activities.
|February 17, 2014: Federation of P.T.I Employees Unions.|
I.J.U .President Suresh Akhouri addressed the annual general body meeting of the Federation of P.T.I. Employees Unions, held at Lucknow from 8th Feb. to 10th Feb., 2014. Mr. John Gonsalves and Mr M.S.Yadav were re-elected President and General Secretary of the Federation of P.T.I. Employees Unions respectively. IJU President greeted the new body.
|February 04, 2014: Haryana Governor honors 105 journalists|
Haryana Governor Shri Jagannath Pahadia honoured 105 journalists of the state on January 17, 2014 at a function in Haryana Bhawan, Chandigarh. All the journalists belonged to Haryana Patrakar Sangh were felicitated for contributing in the profession for at least two decades and most of them came from mofussils and served as part-. time correspondents. The function was organized by the Haryana Patrakar Sangh.
The Governor expressed his pleasure that the Haryana Patrakar Sangh provided financial help to the tune of Rs. One crore nine lakh to the bereaved families of the deceased journalists. He reminded the media about positive reporting. Mr K.B.Pandit, President of Haryana Patrakar Sangh in his speech at the function said that the union did not seek any financial help from the Government and depends solely on the support of its members. He said the union would soon launch two campaigns - "save the Girl Child (Bhuran Hattya) and " Green Haryana, Clean Haryana".
Mr Vinod Kohli, President, Chandigarh- Punjab Union of journalists, Dr Shashi Bhushan, President, Himachal Pradesh Journalists Union also spoke in the function'. The hon'ble Governor also released information bulletin published by Haryana Patrakar Sangh Mr K.K.Khandelwal, Principal Secretary to the Haryana Chief Minister, Ms Neelam Kasni, Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sudhir Rajpal, Director General, Information and Public Relation, Haryana were also present at the function.
|January 13, 2014: Court Case|
You are aware that we have filed a civil suit no-133/2011 in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi for restraining S. N. Sinha, D. Amar, K. Sreenivs Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists Union and Tamil Nadu Union of Journalists to use the name and seal of Indian Journalists Union (I.J.U.). The suit is pending in the court of JSCC/ASCJ/GJ/MM, Patiala House, New Delhi. After great effort Evidence was led from our side and opposite party started cross examining our witnesses. Defense advocate partly cross examined Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Singh, President of Bihar Working Journalists Union on 16.8.2012. The court listed the case further cross examination of Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Singh and other witnesses on 28.09.2012.
We have support of all other I.J.U. affiliated state unions except Andhra Pradesh and Assam. According to our information the Tamil Nadu Union of Journalists Union now divided into three - four groups and every group is claiming its registration.
Seeing the overwhelming support to the IJU, the defected group consisting of S. N. Sinha, D. Amar, K. Sreenivas Reddy are trying to derail and delay the court proceeding by raising one after another objections and filling application in the court and defendants seeking adjournments on the ground the their counsel is not available and he is busy in another court. And on the last date of hearing 12.12.13 the clerk of counsel for the defendants informed the court that the counsel is unable to come to the court because he is busy in the High Court: Then the Hon'ble judge Shri Lalit Kumar (JSSCC/ASCJ/GJ/MM) Patiala House court, New Delhi passed the following order---"Adjournment is being sought on behalf of the defendants on the ground that the counsel is still busy in the Hon'ble High Court and unable to come today. File perused. Perusal of the file shows that earlier also adjournment was sought on behalf of defendant on the similar ground. Therefore, considering the same, matter is being adjourned giving last opportunity for arguments on pending application subject to cost of Rs. 2,000/-to be paid to the plaintiff, for 04.02.2014." (The plaintiff is IJU.)
|January 13, 2014: Arguments in the Wage Board Case concluded.|
At arguments in the Wage Board Case in the Hon'ble Supreme Court concluded on January, 09th, 2014. The case was before bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Rajan Gagoi and Justice S.K.Singh. The Solicitor General of India Mohan Parasarn, who appeared on behalf of Government of India, and senior advocate of Supreme Court Mr. Colin Gonsalve, who argued on behalf of confederation of newspaper and news agency employees organization defended our case very forcefully. Judgment is expected in the month of February 2014.
|March 9, 2003: Bihar Working Journalists Meeting|
Bihar Working Journalists Union held a state level conference on March 9, at Patna. Chief Minister Rabri Devi inagurated the conference. IJU President Suresh Akhouri and RJD Chief Laloo Prasad Yadav addressed the conference. Several leading Journalists were felicitated on the ocassion. A seminar was also organised on that occasion. The topic was "Role of Media in the development of Bihar".
|October 10, 2002: Journalists Union of Meghalaya Meeting|
On October 10, 2002, IJU President addressed a meeting of Journalists Union of Meghalaya (JUM) at Shillong. Mr. D. L. Siangshai, JUM President presided. The participant complained that neither the employers nor the state government was enforcing any labour law of the country in the state. A memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, regarding the demands and grievances.
|October 8, 2002: Journalists Union of Assam Seminar|
On October 8, 2002, Journalists Union of Assam (JUA) held a seminar at Guwahati on "The problems of North East and the role of Media". It was inaugurated by Mr. Prithvi Majhi, Speaker Assam assembly and addressed by Justice K. Jayachandra Reddy, IJU President Akhouri, Secretary Geetartha PAthak and JUA General Secretary Sukhendu Bhattacharya. All the Speakers called upon the press to highlight the problems of people of North East.
|September 22-24, 2002: IFJ Workshop at Kathmandu|
International Federation of Journalists organized a workshop at Kathmandu in Nepal from September 22-24, 2002, on "Building Union capacity for Human rights and conflict reporting in South Asia". Mr. Gouri Shankar Acharya, Vice-President IJU and Mr. D. Amar, President (APUWJ) attended the workshop on behalf of IJU. The workshop adopted a plan of action for journalists and media organisations in South Asia.
|September 18, 2002: 30th State Conference of APUWJ at Ongole|
The two-day conference held on September 14 and 15 presided over by APUWJ President D. Amar. Both Com. Amar and the newly elected General Secretary of APUWJ, A. Anjaneyulu explained in details the problems faced by the journalists in the State.
Inagurating the 30th State Conference of APUWJ at Ongole on September 14, 2002, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandarbabu Naidu strongly supported the IJU's stand against allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in the print media. He was responding to an appeal made earlier by IJU President Suresh Akhouri for his support to the Union's demand for the withdrawal of the Union Government move to allow FDI in the print media since it would go against the national interest.
|August 31, 2002: Sixth State Conference of the Tamil Nadu Union of Journalists|
On August 31, 2002 the Tamil Nadu Union of Journalists (TUJ) held its sixth State conference at Rajaji hal in Chennai. The one day conference was presided over by Mr. D. S. Ravindra Doss, President TUJ. The conference was also addressed by Tamil Nadu assembly speaker Mr. Kalimuthu, state information minister Mr. K. K. Balasubrayanain and Mr. D. Raja, Secretary Communist Party of India. IJU Vice-President Gouri Shankar Acharaya, Secretary Madan Singh and NEC member Prem Nath Bhargava also addressed the conference. Mr. Ganga Sagar Rai (IJU NEC member) and Bihar Working Journalists Union General Secretary Amar Mohan Prasad also attended the conference.
Addressing the conference IJU President Suresh Akhouri expressed concern over non implementation of the wage board awards in many states and regretted that most state governments had failed to set-up tripartite committees to monitor the implementation of the awards. Thus, he said it was making it incumbent upon the IJU to launch struggle for the implementation of the awards in these states.