Today the European Federation of Journalists expressed its support for its Greek affiliate, the Journalists’ Union of Periodicals and Electronic Press-ESPIT in their protest against the “provocative and abusive labour practices” of DAFNI COMMUNICATIONS, the local partner of German media company GRUNER + JAHR, which has laid off journalists at the company’s magazines.
Despite strong opposition from the unions, company management laid off several senior members of staff without valid reasons.
Harrasment, bullying and a “terrorizing work environment” are also part of unacceptable practices denounced by the unions.
ESPIT and the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists Unions fear DAFNI COMMUNICATIONS’s actions will set a terrible example that other media companies in the country to follow.
“We fully support our Greeks colleagues in their action,” said EFJ Chair Arne König.
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The EFJ represents more than 260,000 journalists in over 30 countries