Discussion on Crisis for Workers at The Times of India, Patna- Citizen’s report at humanrescueintermedia

Discussion on “Crisis for Workers at The Times of India, Patna” after

the closure of The Times of India Kumhrar Printing Press, Bihar on 15th
July 2011.

Time: 11 AM
Date: 26th July, 2011
Venue: INSAF, A- 124/6, Katwaria Sarai,
New Delhi- 110016, Ph. 011- 26968121

Shri Arun Kumar, President, The Times Of India Newspaper Employees
Union, Patna will be present to brief us on the situation and the road
ahead. He is a office-bearer of Indian Journalists Union and a member
of the Press Council of India.

The mainstream media has boycotted the news about the ongoing struggle
in Patna.

Background

In a nutshell, the case leading to closure of The Times Of India
Kumhrar Printing Press on 15th July 2011, goes back to our asking
demanding Manisana Wage-Board. Being a habitual corporate offender
litigant company Bennett Coleman & Company Limited (BCCL) i.e owner
(primary and principal employer) of The Times Group of Companies has
never ever any love left for anything constitutional in India – even the
apex Court – the Supreme Court of India.

It may be mentioned there was an ongoing dispute between the Times of
India Newspaper Employees Union (TOINEU) and the Times Of India (TOI)
management since last 8 years or so. It is also worth-mentioning that
not for even a single moment TOINEU took confrontationist
approach.

In course of this on Civil aspect of getting Manisana Wage Board legal
dues recovered union filed SLP 34045/2009 in the Supreme Court. It is
scheduled for final disposal on October 30, 2011.

It may be mentioned here that on Criminal aspect of non-payment of
Manisana Wage Board by the Times of India the Principal employer company
BCCL and its three other auxiliary/ancillary companies i.e. TPH, PPL
and Excel the Patna High Court passed a stern judicious order to its
lower court to further proceed the trial and punish the
erring companies.

Against this order of the Patna High Court – the Principal employer
company and its other ancillary and auxiliary companies separately
filed SLPs in Supreme Court. The Supreme Court order reads as Issue
Notice. Staus quo, as of today, shall be maintained”. The order was
passed on 05/01/2011.

Industrial Dispute Act (ID Act) clearly states that during the
pendency of a dispute there could be no change in the service condition.
Here in this case of closure of Kumhrar based printing press of The
Times of India the erring company has not just violated the ID Act but
has also violated the Supreme Court order of maintaining “status quo, as
of today” passed on January 5, 2011.

So in nut-shell this is the legal position in case of present closure of
its printing press at Patna by The Times Of India management. It has
been done in violation of Supreme Court status quo order and during the
pendency of our SLP 34045/2009 in the Supreme Court pending
for final disposal. Hence; it is a clear-cut illegal closure of TOI
Printing Press at Kumhrar and an immediate proper legal action should
must be taken against the concerned Company in this regard.

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Citizen reporters

pushpraj  pushpraj06@gmail.com &

mediavigil <mediavigil@yahoo.co.in>

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