With journalists all over the world grap¬pling daily with the double whammy of the global economic crisis and the never-end¬ing turmoil in media, our working pro¬gramme must first and foremost deal with the effort of our member unions to:
Resist the onslaught on jobs and defend the working conditions and labour rights of their members across the information landscape, in particular leading the fight against increasingly precarious workplaces in which quality journalism is getting more difficult to achieve
Build their membership through consistent recruitment drives, improve workplaces by investing in organising, developing reps and stewards and defending journalists across all sectors and platforms, and speak with authority on behalf of journalists
Defend independent, professional and ethical journalism in a new world of information, journalism and democratic pluralism
The IFJ Working Programme for 2013- 2016 shall give priority to the following activities at global and regional level:
BUILDING OUR REGIONS
To continue to strengthen the work of IFJ regional offices and their work related to safety of journalists, professional development and the building and consolidation of our member unions and to encourage regional initiatives for financing activities, including co-operation with regional human rights and media support institutions.
To map out a regional development plan that will establish our regional offices as hubs with specific objectives to develop the capacity of IFJ member organisations as stronger unions, to improve their recruitment and organisation of all workers involved in journalistic activity, and to help them enforce workplace rights and make the most of the advances in employment protection and international labour standards.
To encourage and support bilateral cooperation of IFJ member organisations and regional groups to meet the challenges of media globalisation and to work together in defence of journalists’ rights, through, for instance, international framework agreements and international works councils in multi-national media companies.
BECOME THE GLOBAL VOICE OF JOURNALISTS
To overhaul the IFJ media operation at the global and regional level to increase the efficiency, visibility and the reach of IFJ material to make the IFJ the global voice of journalists.
To develop a structured plan to use electronic media as part of the IFJ communicational strategy employing digital resources and building on the launch of the new IFJ website.
To use digital communication to strengthen promotion, dissemination and communication of the principles, contents and advancements of IFJ work at national and regional level and to create greater collective awareness, and increasing information sharing and adoption of successful practices and experiences.
PLANNING EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNS
To map out an annual calendar of events including specific days to mobilise member unions worldwide for specific global and regional campaigns and to allocate resources within the Secretariat for their conception, preparation and implementation, with special emphasis on IFJ work regarding journalists in prison and journalists in exile.
To continue to develop programmes to mainstream gender equality in journalism and within the work of the trade union movement, and increase the involvement of women activists in the structures of the IFJ.
To continue the author’s rights campaign in order to develop, establish, support and defend the intellectual property rights of all journalists and to meet the challenge of defining new global rules for rights protection.
GOOD GOVERNANCE AND EFFECTIVE USE OF RESOURCES
To carry out an audit of IFJ activities and to carry restructuring if required to improve the efficiency of the IFJ main functions.
To carry out a review of the role of staff including the establishment of employment criteria for all jobs and the setting up of a training programme for existing staff, particularly in trade union issues and journalism.
To consolidate the new changes in the management of project information to ensure programmes meet the agreed priorities and objectives established by IFJ structures (global leadership, regions and member organisations), that they can be managed and developed at regional level and take advantage of all global and regional funding opportunities.
To co-operate with the wider trade union movement at the global and regional level, including a consistent coordinated programme involving the Council of Global Unions, the ITUC and its regional organisations and building new alliances and co-operation with other Federations.
To encourage affiliates to mobilise their members in support of each other in defense of social and professional rights and develop within the IFJ Secretariat means to coordinate this solidarity work.
To seek to work in specific cases with the Union Network International at global and regional level to improve levels of trade union organisation and to defend journalists and all workers in the sector.
To relaunch the IFJ campaign to defend and promote public service values in broadcasting based on editorial independence, quality programmes and democratic and accountable systems of administration, and seek to integrate it within the Council of Global Unions’ Quality in Public Services campaign.
A SAFE PROFESSION
To re-organise IFJ involvement in international institutions following the IFJ upgrading by UNESCO to associate status and give new impetus to its global campaign for the UN Action plan to stop crimes against journalists against impunity.
To consolidate the establishment of the IFJ Safety department, giving priority to implementing the comprehensive IFJ safety strategy, developing customised safety programmes for journalists, ex-panding the use of the Media Incident Monitor, delivering safety on-line and to take further steps to promote and develop the work of the IFJ Safety Fund.
To invest further in safety of journalists by working with the International Committee for the Red Cross to popularise their hotline, cooperate with specialist agencies setting up safe housing systems and others providing specialist help for journalists under stress.
A FIGHTING ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION
To develop and enhance project activities according to IFJ general objectives, but with priority for actions covering globalisation, union-building, safety, gender rights and media regulation.
To map out a global annual plan for the IFJ engagement with international institutions ranging from our current work with UNESCO and the Human Rights Council, to targeted activities at the UN or our participation at the annual conference of the ILO.
To promote strategic and disciplined activity to advance our campaigning strength by harnessing the base of activists in our member organisations and make the best out of the most advanced tools used by clicktivists to mobilise, petition, or engage with the wider public.