EFJ Supports Third Greek Journalists’ Strike against Austerity Measures

The European Federation of

Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ), today backed Greece's

journalists and media workers who will take part in another day of strikes on

Wednesday 5 May.

Following the drastic "cost

cutting" plan imposed by the Greek Government over the public, including

journalists, the Journalists' Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers,

Journalists' Union of Macedonia Thrace daily Newspapers, the Periodical and

Electronic Press Union along with other unions representing media workers under

the auspices of the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists Unions are all

participating in the strike under the following demands:
- Withdrawal of the recent

anti-labour measures that harm not only the welfare of media workers, but threaten

the provision of news and information as a public good.
- Safeguard jobs, decent working

conditions, and the abandonment of plans for cuts and redundancies in the media

- Full adherence to the sector's

collective agreements, for all media workers.
- Guarantees over the media sector's

social and pension rights.

Two nation-wide strikes have already

been organised in recent months against the exceptional austerity measures

taken by the Greek government. This time, however, the strike will take place after

the Greek authorities and the European Union have concluded a wide range of

measures resulting in cuts to social benefits and reduction of pensions.

Journalists are asking for genuine social dialogue and safeguards for

independent and autonomous social security funds.

Messages of solidarity to the

striking journalists and the unions can be sent to the following address: [email protected]; [email protected]

For more information contact the EFJ

at +32 2 235 2215
The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries worldwide