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"Management-labour ties will help to meet challenges"

Special Correspondent

Union lauded for peaceful elections

— Photo: M. Karunakaran

GREETINGS: N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu, greeting M.Kamalanathan, general secretary of The Hindu Office and National PressEmployees' Union, at the 52nd anniversary of the union held in Chennai onSaturday. E. Gopal, president of the union, and N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief,The Hindu, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Closer ties between management and workers will help to effectively meet different challenges, speakers said at the 52nd anniversary of The Hindu Office and National Press Employees’ Union here on Saturday.

Recalling how the interests of the institution were well served by the longstanding relationship between the union and the management of The Hindu, the speakers commended the union for its spirit of cooperation.

Pointing out that the union’s new team of office-bearers presented a youthful look, N. Murali, Managing Director, The Hindu, commended the union for conducting the elections in a peaceful and smooth manner. He urged the union members to remain united.

Mr. Murali recalled the contributions of N.P. Ramajayam who served the union as general secretary for more than 30 years.

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, said the harmonious relationship between the management and the union was based on the values of fairness. “The relationship would grow further and flower.” In times of assault on the freedom of expression, the union was the most important force of support, he said.

Referring to the recent instances of attack on the newspaper, Mr. Ram said it was the union, especially president E. Gopal, who spontaneously expressed solidarity with the management.

On the issues facing the newspaper industry, Mr. Murali said the financial crisis hit the industry, too. Though 2007-2008 ended on a high note, there was a setback since the beginning of the current financial year. In the past three-four months, the flow of advertisements had gone down, while the cost of newsprint had risen sharply. The financial crisis would have an adverse bearing on the country’s economic growth, and there would be a phase of instability that would go on for a couple of years.

Attack condemned

Mr. Gopal said The Hindu, as a newspaper, accommodated all kinds of views. He expressed dismay at a group, calling itself rationalist, resorting to attack on a newspaper for its honest expression of views.

M. Kamalanathan, general secretary, said the present team would follow the legacy of Ramajayam.

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