February 20, 2019
ISLAMABAD – Talks between the Dawn management and the workers union over wage cuts failed on Wednesday much to the dismay of cash-strapped employees.
The union leaders met CEO Hameed Haroon in a marathon three-hour meeting in Karachi to press him to withdraw the decision to slap 40 percent pay cuts.
However, those in the know tell JournalismPakistan.com Haroon refused to do so. He reportedly said if the management did not impose cuts, paying staff salaries would become difficult.
The union members also had a meeting with the CEO last week in which he had sought some time to see what he could do.
Dawn announced a 40 percent cut in staff salaries last month because of falling advertising revenue and an increase in operational costs.
The employees and journalist unions in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad have protested the wage reductions.
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