March 27th, 2012
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Newspaper agents strike: Gvt takes managements side

shibu-baby-johnThiruvananthapuram: The government has made its stand clear. The government has allied with the newspaper management in the battle between the newspaper agents and the management. In a discussion held yesterday Labour Minister Shibu Baby John  said that the newspaper distributing agents could not be considered as labourers. The government has accepted the views of the newspaper management.

CITU representative PK Gurudasan, AK Balan, KO Habib met the Labour Minister yesterday to discuss the current crisis that the newspapers organizations in Kerala are facing. The newspaper managements of various organizations including Manorama and Mathrubhumi refused to participate in the these discussions. The management of various newspapers made it clear that though they had nothing against the government they were unwilling ti participate in any discussion as the terms put-forth by the agents were unacceptable to them.

The Minister Shibu Baby John on behalf of the newspaper management  informed the CITU representatives and other union members that the management was willing to sit for discussions only after the agents call off the strike. The problem is viewed as a social issue instead of a clash between the owners and the workers. The union leaders however remained resolute on their stand and refused to call off the strike unless and until a solution was arrived at for their impending problem. The government has stated that it would take a decision only after a the management and agents sit for a discussion and arrive at a consensus. The Minister however assured that the false cases registered against the agents would be removed.




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