Conditions of Service of the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees
The law governing the conditions of service of the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees is the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1955. The Act provides for regulation of certain conditions of service of working journalists and other persons employed in newspaper establishments. According to the provisions of this Act, ‘working journalist’ is a person whose principal avocation is that of a journalist and who is employed either whole time in one or more newspaper establishments and includes an editor, a leader-writer, news-editor, sub-editor, feature writer, copy tester, reporter, correspondent, cartoonist, news photographer, and proof reader and ‘newspaper’ means any printed periodical work containing public news or comments on public news. The Act lays down that for the purpose of fixing or revising rates of wages in respect of working journalists, the Central Government as and when necessary shall constitute a Wage Board.