24 Hours Warning Strike in Greek Media

Protesting against the abolition of collective labour agreements, the violation of

labour and pension rights, and layoffs of unprecedented proportions, Greece's journalists and media workers took part in a 24-hour nationwide general strike, bringing news coverage to a halt.

En masse the journalists' unions, along with other unions representing media workers under the auspices of

the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists Unions (POESY), demanded the signing of collective

agreements in both private and public media, the safeguarding of jobs and the

maintenance of quality journalism.

"The course of labour matters for journalists in Greece is a source of

grave concern for all European journalists" said the President of the EFJ Arne König during a European meeting on authors' rights held in Thessaloniki last

weekend.

 

"We are deeply concerned over the coordinated effort by publishers to

deregulate labour relations, without regard to the consequences on the quality

of journalism. The strike mobilisations that are to be held by the Greek journalists

in the upcoming week are significant to all of us. When our Greek colleagues

are defending their right to collective bargaining they are sending a clear

message to the publishers: they can't deal with shrinking profits by laying off

journalists; they'd only be weakening their most valued product, which is

information".

The Journalists' Union of

Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH) stresses that the seemingly

endless stream of job redundancies that have taken place in Northern Greece in

the recent weeks constitute an assault against 

the public good known as information.

This warning strike, held by both the print and broadcast media, will end on Thursday 16 December at 6 am and will be followed by a 48-hour strike on Friday and

Saturday, 17-18 December.

Messages

of support can be sent to famellos@esiemth.gr and dralli@esiea.gr