European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the
International Federation of Journalists, today backed Romanian journalists in
their demand that the government respect the collective agreements it
negotiated with journalists and other staff working for public media.
its Congress on October 18, the Romanian journalists’ union MediaSind, an IFJ and EFJ affiliate, called on the government for a fair
and rapid implementation of the collective agreement.
role of authorities is not only to create the regulatory framework for public
broadcasting, but also to guarantee political independence and sufficient
financing, which includes decent salary and fair working conditions,” said EFJ
Co-Director Marc Gruber at the
MediaSind Congress in Bucharest “We call on the Romanian government and the
management of public media to put an end to an unacceptable situation and to
respect the collective labor agreements already reached with the unions.”
Romanian government recently declared that it was “unable to respond” to the
demands for better pay that it had agreed to when it negotiated the collective
agreement for Romanian public mass media. Covered under the agreement are
employees of Romanian TV Society SRTv, Romanian Radio Society SRR and National
Press Agency Agerpres, who are now working under precarious conditions that
have made it difficult to provide quality programmes and to keep qualified
staff in the newsroom.
The EFJ says the radio-tv fee for
public media has been kept low for political purposes even as the media outlets
have run out of money. The public broadcasting fee is lower than it was five
years ago. Media workers’ salaries have suffered accordingly. For example, the
current entry salary at Agerpres is 574 RON (153 €), below what was agreed in
the mass-media labor agreement.
MediaSind is asking for a general
25% salary raise in public media, as well as the overhaul of the taxation
policy of media institutions.
The union will start public
protests on these issues on Thursday 23 October.
“The de-politisation of public press
institutions and the adoption of legislative measures for diminishing taxation
policy in mass-media are essential,” said MediaSind President Cristi Godinac. Journalists cannot work under fear, poverty and
The EFJ is fully backing MediaSind in their struggle for respect of the
collective agreement, political independence of public media, quality
journalism and decent working conditions.
“We call on the authorities to
act responsibly and show their respect for the agreement they negotiated and a
commitment to public media free of political pressure,” said EFJ President Arne
At its Congress, MediaSind also adopted a statement
issued by the affiliated unions of the Federation of Romanian Radio Society
Unions and by the Syndicate 2002 of the Romanian Television Society asking for
the dismissal of the management of Romanian public radio and television, which
systematically refused to open talks with union in the past 6 months.
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The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries in Europe