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Mesajul Conferintei Federatiei Europene a Jurnalistilor: Drepturi egale pentru toti jurnalistii din Europa!

postat 20 apr. 2012, 01:12 de Office Mediasind   [ actualizat la 7 nov. 2012, 23:25 ]
Federatia Romana a Jurnalistilor MediaSind
  participa in perioada 18-21 aprilie a.c. la conferinta internationala organizata de Federatia Europeana a Jurnalistilor (FEJ) cu sprijinul Comisiei Europene, in Thessaloniki, Grecia. Printre problemele dezbatute de reprezentantii organizatiilor afiliate din Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cipru, Danemarca, Estonia, Finlanda, Franta, Germania, Grecia, Ungaria, Italia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Olanda, Polonia, Romania, Slovacia, Spania, Suedia si Irlanda s-a aflat si modul in care criza economica si dereglementarile din domeniul relatiilor de munca au afectat drepturile jurnalistilor, permitand angajatorilor sa savarseasca mai multe abuzuri impotriva propriilor salariati.

    FEJ a constatat o dramatica crestere a angajatilor nedeclarati, fara contract de munca, cu venituri foarte scazute, incheierea unor contracte de munca pe termen scurt desi lucratorii au sarcini de angajati permanenti, neincluderea jurnalistilor care lucreaza in mediul on-line, a freelancerilor, in contractele colective de munca, precum si incalcarea mai multor drepturi colective ale jurnalistilor din intreaga Uniune Europeana. Conform afirmatiilor presedintelui Federatiei Internationale a Jurnalistilor (FIJ), Jim Boumelha, in ultimii ani numarul freelancerilor a crescut cu 30 la suta iar OIM trebuie sa ia masuri pentru imbunatatirea conditiilor de munca si pentru protectia acestora.

    Modalitatile care ar permite sindicatelor sa eficientizeze rolul lor de voce colectiva a angajatilor in fata angajatorilor si guvernelor, precum si strategiile de contracarare a abuzurilor patronale au fost probleme dezbatute cu prioritate de catre participanti. Potrivit presedintelui Federatiei Europene a Jurnalistilor, Arne Konig, jurnalismul are nevoie de o noua abordare deoarece criza economica a contaminat intregul sector de media si a dereglementat relatiile de munca in intreaga Europa. Deoarece multi patroni refuza sa mai negocieze si sa mai respecte drepturile jurnalistilor, este nevoie urgenta de masuri de contracarare a acestora prin masuri ferme si prin solidarizarea tuturor organizatiilor componente ale FEJ – a sustinut Arne Konig.

    La randul sau, reprezentanta Organizatiei Internationale a Muncii, Karen Curtis, coordonatoarea Departamentului de norme ale muncii din OIM, a sustinut nevoia de solidaritate si a promis organizatiilor jurnalistilor tot sprijinul OIM pe langa institutiile europene pentru solutionarea problemelor din mass-media. Aceasta a anuntat ca OIM lucreaza la stabilirea unor standarde minime privind conditiile de munca care sa fie obligatorii pentru toate tarile deoarece trendul guvernelor si al angajatorilor este sa minimalizeze negocierile colective.

    O Europa care nu respecta drepturile angajatilor nu este o buna Europa iar drepturile jurnalistilor trebuie respectate si sa fie egale in toate tarile din Uniune – au fost principalele concluzii desprinse din dezbateri.

Federatia Internationala a Jurnalistilor a fost reprezentata de presedintele acestei organizatii, Jim Boumelha iar Federatia Europeana a Jurnalistilor de Arne Konig, presedinte,(foto) Marc Gruber, director si de Stephen Pearse, secretar general. Delegatia FRJ MediaSind a fost condusa de Cristi Godinac, presedinte (foto) si Gabriel Grosu, secretar general. Acestia au prezentat colegilor europeni mai multe cazuri de nerespectare a libertatii de exprimare si a drepturilor jurnalistilor din institutii private si publice din Romania, (cum ar fi dictatura din cea mai mare agentie publica de presa din tara - ANP AGERPRES) si au propus mai multe strategii de contracarare, cu sprijinul organizatiilor afiliate la FIJ si FEJ, a abuzurilor patronale.


Departament Comunicare FRJ MediaSind


The European Federation of Journalists’ conference on Equal Rights for Journalists in Europe, held in Thessaloniki on 19-20 April 2012:

stands in solidarity with the EFJ affiliates in Greece, the location of this conference and the country facing some of the harshest consequences of Europe’s economic crisis;

gives its wholehearted support to Greek journalists in their fight for fair conditions and the right to bargain collectively through independent trade unions;

expresses grave concern that EFJ affiliates across Europe are facing crises that are threatening journalists’ established terms and conditions and bringing inequality into media workplaces, including:

  • waves of cutbacks across media organisations, leaving journalists without work and those who remain without the time needed to deliver quality journalism

  • the creation of two-tier editorial workforces through the use of individual contracts, ‘false freelancing’ arrangements and widening discrepancies between the rates paid to employed and freelance journalists

  • attempts by employers to use the economic crisis as a cover for attacking existing collective agreements and working rights

  • the persistence of a gender pay gap in our sector, which is of greater significance in times of economic difficulty when the most disadvantaged often pay the highest price;

highlights the fact that the undermining of journalists’ working conditions also results in the undermining of editorial independence and journalism as a public good;

recognises the huge differences between the affiliates of the EFJ and expresses concern that many unions, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe, do not have the capacity or the conditions necessary to deliver and maintain strong collective agreements;

welcomes the fact that, despite the challenges, journalists are acting through their unions to defend and improve their terms and conditions and to fight for equal rights;

recalls the positive examples of trade unions delivering real improvements for journalists through industrial action, political lobbying and public campaigning, including:

  • the coordination of industrial action with political or public campaigns to deliver pay increases and to prevent the erosion of collective agreements

  • examples of workplace organising to improve the pay and conditions of newer entrants recruited on poorer conditions than their colleagues

  • the delivery of collective agreements covering the rights of freelance workers

  • the coordination of journalists’ campaigns with sister unions to deliver higher profile and stronger activities;

notes that international conventions and European law establish collective bargaining as a fundamental right, and supports proposals to use these texts to challenge claims that competition law limits the ability of trade unions to represent all their members;

calls on the EFJ to:

  • compile a group of case studies from the positive examples raised in the conference and highlight the cases to EFJ affiliates

  • investigate ways in which the EFJ can further help its affiliates to share their experiences and improve links between EFJ affiliates dealing with the same owners

  • analyse cases in which international labour standards are not properly applied within European countries and cooperate with the IFJ to develop a strategy to work with the ILO on these issues

  • identify training needs within the EFJ affiliates related to collective bargaining and campaigning, and develop proposals to spread best practice.

Calls on those present at the conference to:

  • report back to their organisation’s leadership structure, highlighting lessons that have been learned and case studies of challenges and successes elsewhere in Europe;

Calls on EFJ affiliates to:

  • assist with the sharing of expertise and knowledge on collective bargaining, including by completing the EFJ collective bargaining questionnaire

  • assist women and men within their structures to take up the fight for gender equality

  • use whatever opportunities are available to express solidarity with colleagues in other European countries in their fight for equal rights for journalists.




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