The Telangana Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) has extended support to the Andhra Bhoomi employees’ struggle against its illegal closure by the management.
A group of employees today met Secretary K Virahat Ali at its Basheerbagh office today and sought the support of the union. Virahat Ali while assuring the employees of his union’s support warned Andhra Bhoomi management of serious repercussions if did not settle the dues of its 5000-odd employees working in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
He charged that the management has trying to ditch its employees by not paying salaries for one year due to covid pandemic. Quoting the deaths of an employee Ramchander Raju and his wife at Rajmahundry edition, Virahat said, “Four members of its employees died of ill health as they lack money for treatment. This is pathetic and atrocious on part of the management”.
He charged that Management had planned to close down the Andhra Bhoomi publication and hence, showing difference between Deccan Chronicle and Andhra Bhoomi by ditching them by not paying their Provident fund benefits, Income taxes, gratuty for retired employees, wage board arrears, bonus, Leave Travel Concessions, Leave Encashments etc.
He also threatened to launch a massive agitation by announcing direct action plan if the management failed to resolve the issue in the next 7 days.
The Andhra Bhoomi senior employees Velijula Chandrasekhar, BV Prasad, Rajeswar Prasad, JSN Murthy, D Ravikumar, Tirmal Rao, CH Nagesh, Vijay Prasad, and retired employees Mallaiah Sarma, Odaiah, P Madhukar, A Avinash etc.