Extending support to the latest management change at The Hindu, the employees' union at the 135-year-old organisation, at its general body meeting held here on Friday, passed a resolution stating the owner family should run the newspaper.
At the meeting, The Hindu Office National Press Employees' Union, representing most of the firm's 2,500 employees, unanimously passed the resolution. It said, "The last two years have clearly exposed the inability of so-called professionals to run the organisation profitably." This comes at a time when six members of the owner family, also board members, have objected to the change of guard announced on Monday. It was decided N Ram would take over as chairman of Kasturi and Sons Ltd, which owns and runs The Hindu, while N Murali would be co-chairman.
N Ravi would be editor-in-chief of The Hindu and Malini Parthasarathy would be editor.
When contacted, K Venugopal, a director of Kasturi & Sons and one of the six opposing the management change, said he wasn't aware of the development (the union's resolution).
The Hindu Office National Press Employees Union, which represents the major chunk of the 2,500 employees of the company, called for an EGM and placed a resolution, which was passed unanimously.
The resolution stated that the family members should run the paper, and not any outside professional.
The union stated that, "Last two years has clearly exposed the inability of so-called professionals to run the organisation profitably."