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HC status quo on 9th wage board gazette publication

  • Published at 07:36 pm August 6th, 2019
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Following the court order on Tuesday, the government cannot publish the gazette notification to implement the recommendation of the ninth wage board set for journalists

The High Court has issued a status quo on the publication of the gazette notification on the ninth wage board for two months.

Following the court order on Tuesday, the government cannot publish the gazette notification to implement the recommendation of the ninth wage board set for journalists.

The vacation bench of Justices Obaidul Hassan and Mohammad Ali passed the order, following a writ petition filed by the Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) challenging the legality of the ninth wage board.

Advocate Md Yousuf Ali stood for the writ and Deputy Attorney General Yasmin Begum represented the state.

On August 5, NOAB President and Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman filed a writ on behalf of NOAB.

Earlier on July 25, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the recommendations to implement the Ninth Wage Board will be sent to the Cabinet Division, and it will take the final decision once the prime minister returns home.

After the new pay scale in 2015 for government employees, all journalistic organizations demanded a new salary structure (wage board) and also demonstrated many programs to achieve it. 

On 29 January 2018,  the government formed a 13-member wage board for journalists headed by retired Appellate Division Judge Md Nizamul Huque.

On June 12, NOAB expressed concern over the 9th Wage Board proposal, saying such “unrealistic” proposals will create a great crisis in the newspaper industry which is going through a hard time.

The organization said in their statement, before issuing a gazette on the 9th Wage Board, that it is necessary to have discussions with both owners and journalists and announce an acceptable and realistic award, based on consensus. Wellbeing of workers of an industry depends on the wellbeing of the industry.

On June 12, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) said the statement made by NOAB on June 12 is "morally unacceptable" and "unrealistic". The leaders in the statement said the journalists and employees of all the newspapers always consider the organizations they work for as their own.