JournalismPakistan.com September 06, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Daily Times management has not paid staff for nearly two months complicating matters for their employees in these difficult economic times.
Delay in disbursement of salaries has become a routine and there’s little the employees can do. “All we can do is wait and wait, it’s all very frustrating for us,” said one staff member in Islamabad, wanting to remain anonymous.
He said although the administration paid Rs10,000 to employees on Eid last month, that was too small an amount to see off the festive occasion. “We have families to support and there’s so much else.”
Insiders say the newspaper’s chief financial officer has however, assured them salaries would be paid “in a matter of days.”
Such delays are common at Daily Times which is also known for not having paid dues and other emoluments of many employees it sacked, or those who left of their own accord, some years ago.
However, some former employees in Islamabad who went to court against the management got paid what was owed to them.
In Lahore, nine ex-employees are now following a similar course in a bid to get their money.
The Daily Times belongs to the Media Times Group that also publishes Urdu daily Aaj Kal and runs the Business Plus television channel.
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