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Contractual staff of DD News protest demanding salary hike

The staff alleged that despite inflationary pressure,there has hardly been any move to raise their salary for over last two years.

Resentment is brewing among contractual staff of DD News who have decided to wear black badges from Wednesday to mark their protest against the government’s alleged indifference to raise their salary.

The staff alleged that despite inflationary pressure,there has hardly been any move to raise their salary for over last two years.

“The contractual staff,that have been working wholeheartedly for the organisation would also like to highlight the fact that no pay hike has been implemented since

January 2009,” said the employees in a statement.

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In a letter to the Prasar Bharati CEO,they have demanded immediate hike in salaries to “sustain at least minimum living standards”,a uniform contract for all professionals working in DD News and a change in the status of professionals to make them contract employees of DD News.

Stating that their salary is not even close to those working in PSUs,they said that with a starting salary which is close to Rs 10,000,the people are finding it hard to even make ends meet.

The employees,who would be wearing the black badges till August 10,have also demanded introduction of new pay hike policy to ensure that their future concerns are addressed.

They also demanded that PF and other social security benefits such as insurance ESI etc should be given to all contractual professionals.

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The terms and conditions of contract should be changed to provide at least a minimum level playing field for professionals,they said.

First published on: 02-08-2011 at 22:51 IST
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