IFJ Supports Striking Journalists in Ukraine over Salary Arrears

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

today expressed its concern about the situation of journalists at the Ukrainian

media holding "Glavred" where journalists are on strike for non-payment of

their salary.

"The non-payment of wages is a serious

violation of workers' rights. It's not just illegal, it's also an attack on

journalists' integrity," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.  "We support the demand of striking

journalists and our affiliate in Ukraine, the Independent Media

Trade Union".

The Glavred media company is owned by businessman Igor Kolomoisky and

the Central European Media Enterprises (CME). Its media portfolio includes

Glavred, Profile, Telecity and Telekritika magazines, the websites vip.com.ua, Stars.glavred, sport.glavred,

Stolitsa.glavred, the newspaper Novaya gazeta, the Citi television

channel as well as the UNIAN news agency. The company employs about two

hundred journalists and over a quarter of them are on strike because salaries

had not been paid since December 2009.

According to press reports in Ukraine,

previous owner Oleksandr Tretyakov sold his shares in the company to Mr.

Kolomoisky, his partner who became the major partner in the holding company.

The IFJ says that the new management needs to show commitment to decent

working relations for their journalists, including timely payment of full


"We on call the management of the Glavred Group to solve the

conflict with the unions and to ensure all staff are paid their salaries,

including arrears," added White.

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