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NEWSPAPER

2010 May 15

AITUC, CITU

WORKER
Support
Newspaper
Workers
Mouthpiece of the All India Newspaper Employees Federation Com. Gurudas Das Guta and Com.
Sapan Sen, General Secretaries
respectively of All India Trade Union
Wage Board stalemate continues, Kerala leads action The tenure of the Congress (AITUC) and Centre of
Wage Boards comes to an end on May 23 but the Government has not so Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have
far granted any extension to it to complete the report. The Unions have supported the cause of newspaper
garnered support from every quarter to pressurize the Government but the workers by writing to the Prime
Government seems adamant on replacing the boards with a tribunal which Minister and the Labour Minister to
is not acceptble to the Unions. It is reliably learnt that in the Cabinet meeting help resumewage board functioning
on 19 May, the Prime Minister asked the ministers concerned to resolve the immediately.
matter in consultance with all stakeholders. The Labour Minister on May 21
invited the Union leaders and told them that a decision would be taken
soon and it would be conveyed to the unions by the I & B Minister. Nothing
VDA Figures
however happened and the workers representatives meeting under the
banner of the Confederation of Newspaper and News Agency Employees
from Next
Unions on 21 May decided to hold a protest rally at Shram Shakti Bhavan Quarter
on 24 May 2010 at 1.00 p.m. Be prepared for a long drawn out struggle in Some of our unions have written to
case the Government refuses to concede the just demand of the workers. us that the Consumer Price Index
(CPI) figures, which the Federation

Wage Board stalemate


has been sending to its affiliated
unions regularly in the past and which
have been discontinued for some

continues, Kerala leads action time, should be be resumed. We


assure all our unions that information
on figures would be resumed and
sent to our uni from next next quarter.
CPI figures for the quarter
JanuaryMarch quarter are 15 points
more than the last quarter.

Are you
coming?
Some of the unions have already
sent the names of their participants
for the CWC meeting in
Machilipatnam. We request all office
bearers and CWC members to let us
know about their participation and
travel dates so that proper
arrangements could be made to
make their stay comfortable.
Machilipatnam Port Town (See back
page) Interest Rate on PF Voice of
Mathrubhumi Employees, in their
Central Committee Meeting have
demanded from the Central
Government that the interest rate on
Employees Provident Fund should be
D. Raja addressing journalists and other newspaper employees in Trivandrum on 18 May. enhanced from time to time. They
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offered support to the Trade Unions
which have declared a strike against
Trivandrum: Tenure of Justice G R the wage board is coming to an end in a the decision of the Central
Majithia Wage boards appointed by the few day days, it has not prepared the Government. to maintain the interest
Central Government for the wage revision report still. The Government also has rate of at 8.5 %.
of journalists and other newspaper taken no decision about it. So the board
employees should be extended. D.Raja, period has to be extended.
CPI National secretary said at Trivandrum Second interim relief must be allowed
on Tuesday, 18 May. immediately”, Raja reiterated. KNEF
Inaugurating the Raj Bhavan march
organised by Kerala Newspaper
president K.N. Lathanathan presided
over the function. N. Peethambara Kurup
NOTICE
Employees Federation and Kerala Union (MP), A. Sampath (MP), Panthalam I will be out of office from
of Working Journalists, Raja said that the Sudhakaran (Former Minister), J.R May 26 to May 30. However,
Government proposal of appointing one- Padmakumar (B.J.P State Secretary), I will be available on email-
member tribunal in place of Majithia wage Journalist Union president K.C. Rajagopal, M.L. Talwar
(General Secretary-AINEF)
boards will be a tragedy for the C.Gouridasan Nair, N. Padmanabhan
newspaper industry. (Former General Secretary-KUWJ), and talwarml@yahoo.co.uk
Immediate submission of wage board V. Balagopal (General Secretary-KNEF)
report and announcement of a second also spoke. Journalists and workers later
dose of interim relief were the demands participated in the rally which started near
of the march. “Though the time period of Kanakakkunnu Palace.
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2010 May 15

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Machilipatnam
It is a town with a rich history of
foreign conquests, business and trade,
starting with the early Arab traders,
then the French, followed by the Dutch
and the British Being in a coastal area,
the beaches in Machilipatnam are a Com. K.N. Lathanathan and V. Balagopal leading the Rajbhavan march in Trivandrum.
prime attraction and are long, broad
and pristine. The main one is the
Manginapudi Beach, a beachside
fishing hamlet, located at a distance
of 11 km from Machilipatnam. It is
known for its scenic beauty. Another
unique feature of this beach is that it
has black soil instead of sand and has
a natural bay with shallow waters.
Manginapudi Beach is also an
important beach because of its
historical context. In ancient days,
when Machilipatnam was a flourishing
trading centre and served as a
gateway to India, ships from all over
the world carrying spices and other
commodities used to land at the
Manginapudi Beach.
Close to this beach is the
Panduranga Swami temple at
Chilakalapudi, which is a famous
pilgrimage site and is a temple
dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Further up
the coast of Machilipatnam, there are
also five temples dedicated to Lord
Shiva. The Panduranga Swami temple
is unique as the deity is mostly
worshipped by the people of Participants in the march listening attentively to a speaker at Trivandrum rally.
Maharashtra. It was built during the
time of Shivaji and is very popular
among the Marathi population living
there.
One can shop for prawns, sea shells Being in a coastal area,
etc from the nearby towns; also not to the beaches in
be missed is the imitation gold Machilipatnam are a
jewellery that is manufactured and
sold at a very reasonable price. A prime attraction and are
twohour ride by train or bus from long,broad and pristine.
Vijayawada will bring you to this The main one is the
beautiful sea town. The climate is Manginapudi Beach,
pretty hot and humid as it is situated a beachside fishing
near the seashore. Food near the
temple is avoidable, but one can find hamlet, located at a
good places to savour Andhra cuisine distance of 11 km
in the main town nearby. from the town

Panduranga Swami temple was built by Sri Bhakta Narasimham.


Unfortunately, there is not much authentic information regarding the date of
construction. It is widely believed that it was built during the time of Shivaji.

Kuchipudi: About 65km from Machilipatnam is Kuchipudi, the birthplace of


Siddhendra Yogi, originator of the famous Kuchipudi style of dance. The
village is in an area known for artistic divine and literary pursuit.
Ghantasala: Situated 24km to the northwest of Machilipatnam Ghantasala is
an enchanting Buddhist site. When Buddhism was at its zenith, this place
was an important religious centre.
Gudivada: Gudivada is located at a distance of 39km from Machilipatnam. It
derived its name from the existence of a number of temples in the past.
Many Jain and Buddhist relics are found here.

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