HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) will be launching a pressure campaign for implementation of Working Journalists Regulations and basic salary scheme.
“In the context of the Supreme Court order to media houses to implement the basic salary as per the Working Journalists Regulation, no media house should employ any journalist at lower pay,” FNJ president Shiva Gaunle said. “It will be against the law if any media house turns a deaf year to the SC decision,” he added.
The umbrella organisation of Nepali journalists has decided to pressurise media houses to provide minimum salary to journalists as directed by the Supreme Court (SC).
After a meeting of central members, FNJ today decided to send a letter requesting all media houses to abide by the regulations with the SC directive attached, president Gaunle said.
“We are doing it in two ways. On the one hand, we pressure the management of the media hub to implement the Working Journalists’ Regulation fully, including basic salary, while on the other, we are requesting journalists themselves to work only after receiving the appointment letter with minimum salary,” Gaunle further said.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had directed the government to implement minimum salary scheme as per the recommendation of the Minimum Wage Fixation Committee (MWFC).
On January 2, the government had revised the minimum wage for journalists working in various media, as per recommendations made by MWFC. The minimum wage has been fixed at Rs 10,008 for journalists working in a national-level media house. The minimum wage of staff working in such organisations has been fixed at Rs 7,367.
Those working in media, other than those classified as national-level, will be entitled to a minimum wage of Rs 7,228. The minimum that such an organisation can pay its staff is Rs 6,405. Likewise, stringers working for radio, newspapers and television are entitled to Rs 125, 150 and 400 per story respectively.