EFJ Supports Greek Journalists’ in Second Strike Over Social Security Changes

The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) and its regional group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today reiterated their support for Greek journalists in their fight against government plans to slash the Greek social security system.


“Journalists, like other Greek workers, should not be forced to sacrifice their future benefits,” said Aidan White, EFJ General Secretary. "The government’s plan jeopardizes the financial autonomy of pensioners.”


Following a first strike on November 27, the Greek journalist unions will join again the general strikes tomorrow December 12 to protest the government’s plans to cut back the social security system.


This plan includes using journalists’ social security funds' resources and reserves to fund other programs, raising the retirement age and cutting pension compensation.


The EFJ and IFJ support the Greek unions’ demand for independent and autonomous social security institutions and back their struggle to end the government’s plans.


Messages of solidarity to the striking journalist and the unions can be sent to the following address: dralli@esiea.gr  


For more information go to: http://www.esiea.gr/gr/index.html  


For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235 2200

The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries worldwide