IFJ Projects in Latin America

Current programmes include

• Performance enhancing program on collective bargaining for stronger journalist unions (Union To Union)

• Latin American Journalist Unions Campaign to Promoting Gender Equality in Media (FES)

• Safety and union strengthening for journalists in Mexico (UNIFOR)


Performance enhancing program on collective bargaining for stronger journalist unions

Location: Latin America and the Caribbean

Dates: 2014 - 2016

Objectives 

Journalist unions in Latin America and the Caribbean will strengthen their negotiation skills and improve their collective contracts through training in labour rights, national and international labour frameworks, collective bargaining, communications and campaigns, strategic planning and leadership. They will also demand improved conditions in existing collective agreements according to the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO (International Labour Organisation work). Where there is no collective negotiation, discussions of recognition, representation, collective labour rights and strategic planning will take place.

Activities

Establish collective bargaining working group for FEPALC

Regional report on working conditions

Four Trade Union leadership workshops and one seminar conducted each year providing 

  • An annual coll bargaining strategy document for each union
  • Campaigns and communications strategy for each union around negotiations 

Conclusions from FEPALC Coll bargaining group

Countries include 

  • 2014: Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Chile
  • 2015: Panama, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Peru
  • 2016: Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia, Argentina 

Partners

IFJ affiliates in Latin America and Caribbean and FEPALC Expected Results: 

  • The leadership of 14 journalist unions improved strategic planning and campaigns, and national labour laws related to collective bargaining
  • 14 journalist unions with a strategic plan for collective bargaining
  • 8 journalist unions improved collective negotiation skills
  • 6 journalist unions renewed web sites to communicate challenges and progress
  • 1 regional report on working conditions of journalists in Latin America
  • 485 journalists with stronger knowledge on the situation of violation of rights at the work place and the impact of transformation within collective bargaining
  • Inclusion of gender equity, anti-discrimination clauses in collective agreements.

The programme is supported by the Union to Union.


Latin American Journalist Unions Campaign to Promoting Gender Equality in Media

Location: Latin America and the Caribbean

Dates: 2015 - 2017

Objectives

To improve status of women in journalism, their conditions, their opportunities, their security and their portrayal by the media through a regional gender equality campaign for Latin American journalists unions.

Activities

The programme is broken down into three main campaign areas organised around one regional meeting for IFJ affiliates each year.

2015: on gender stereotypes in media

2016: on safety of women journalists

2017: on equality in the work place

Partners

IFJ affiliates in Latin America and Caribbean and FEPALC

Expected Results

2015: 30 journalist leaders better informed about gender stereotypes in media 

  • Report on gender stereotypes and discrimination in the media
  • Best practice of campaigns / projects / trainings to improve portrayal of women
  • Road map for unions in improving women portrayal in media agreed and campaign endorsed by FEPALC.

2016: 30 journalist leaders better informed about threats to women journalists 

  • Report on gender safety issues
  • Best practice examples of good safety training for women journalists
  • Road map for journalists unions in improving women journalist safety agreed and campaign endorsed by FEPALC.

2017: 30 journalist leaders better informed about status of women and strategies to combat inequality in the workplace 

  • Report on gender work place inequality
  • Best practice models of promoting equality discussed
  • Road map for journalists unions in promoting equal rights agreed and campaign endorsed by FEPALC members.

The programme is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.


Safety and union strengthening for journalists in Mexico

Location: Mexico

Dates: 2015 - 2017

Objectives

Following the IFJ mission to Mexico in September 2014 this proposal aims to support a strategic union response to the crisis in Mexican media. The IFJ and its affiliate, the National Union of Press Reporters (SNRP), will develop a strategy to shape a three year programme to address the following issues: 

  • Union leadership skills
  • Recruiting and organising campaigns
  • Press freedom and security campaign
  • Journalists Safety

Activities

In 2015 a first 3-day workshop will be organised in Mexico to launch the programme and develop a strategic action plan for union building, safety and ending impunity campaigns.

A status of journalists report will also be produced by the SNRP on membership, working conditions, and security threats.

Partners

National Union of Press Reporters (SNRP)

Expected Results 

  • Strengthened SNRP able to serve members for improved labour and security rights
  • Increased membership and better national and regional co-ordination
  • Improved right to freedom of expression and strengthened Mexican democracy

The programme is supported by the UNIFOR Social Justice Fund.