EFJ joins ETUC action day for youth employment and against austerity

On 14 March 2013 the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) will

join with trade unionists and civil society groups across Europe gathering at

the European Trade Union action against austerity and for jobs for

young people, organised by the European Trade Union Confederation

(ETUC).

"Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs in the past months, and many

more are forced to work in precarious conditions" said EFJ President Arne König.

"But what alarms us most is the total growing precarity among journalists, especially

the young and women, who are deprived of any job security. Such a disregard for

journalists is threatening the necessary professional standards for the

production of reliable and independent journalism as a public good. In both public

and private media, journalists are being asked to do more work with less

resources, and this is a direct consequence of austerity policies".

Ahead of its General Meeting in May 2013, the EFJ is

collecting data about redundancies and job losses of journalists, and the

preliminary conclusions do not leave any doubt about the scale of the crisis.

Spain is the main country hit, with nearly 4000 job losses in 2012, but even in

well-off countries like the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, downsizing of

media companies and mergers of newsrooms have a devastating impact on working

conditions and on employment.

In a recent resolution, the Council of Europe

pointed out that "many journalists in

Europe work in precarious situations resulting from an increase of freelance

positions, lack of respect for social rights and generally low income. Where

the journalistic profession is weakened by such circumstances, professional

quality and ethics are at stake". 

"There is a clear relation between precarious working

conditions of journalists and professional standards", said König. "We call on

the EU and member states to fully implement European social standards, in

particular collective rights of journalists even if they are forced to work as

fake freelancers. At stake here are not only the working conditions for our

colleagues, but a system of providing quality information to the citizens of

Europe, reliable information needed in our daily life and needed to decide

on the future of Europe."
 
In

Brussels, the rally will take place at Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels

in the European area from 2pm to 4pm.

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