IFJ Salutes Strikers as Tunisia Broadcasters Grant Rights at Work

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today welcomed the decision of

the management at State television and radio to review the contracts of

hundreds of employees, including journalists who have been on strike to demand rights

at work and legal contracts.

"We

welcome this decision which was achieved by media staff standing up for their

industrial rights to full contracts and social insurance," said Aidan White,

IFJ General Secretary. "All employees are now entitled to fair terms of contracts

which guarantee secure employment."

According

to the Syndicat National des Journalistes Tunisiens (SNJT), the management of Tunisian State

radio television has agreed to normalise the situation of some 420 employees,

including 70 journalists. Some 150 journalists and media workers went on strike

last week to demand decent work contracts and social security rights, in line

with Tunisian labour law.

The

IFJ supported the strikers' demand for respect of their basic rights and, in

particular, urged management to recognise the record of many journalists and

their co-workers in the service of the public broadcasters.

"We

expect new contracts for journalists and media workers to be fully in line with

their rights and the country's labour law," added White. "We commend our

colleagues and their unions for mounting a vigorous campaign to defend their

basic rights and the union's right to collective bargaining."

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information contact the IFJ at

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The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide