The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins
its affiliate, the National
Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in expressing solidarity with workers taking
industrial action at Radio Mindanao Network-dxDC Davao
in the southern Philippines.
the broadcaster have formed a union and staged a protest on September 9 in
support of station manager Maximo “Dodong” Solis, who was dismissed on
dxDC Davao are
unionising amid concerns about staff cuts, restructuring and editorial
Solis was fired
without pay after 12 years of service, during which time the station had
consistently topped ratings surveys in Davao City.
management, dxDC Davao took an uncompromising stance
in support of press freedom and played an active role in advocating for the
prosecution of the killers of media workers in the Philippines, which remains one the
world’s most dangerous countries for media professionals.
also led staff to reject attempts by senior management and the station’s owners
to influence programming at the station, to support a candidate in recent
presidential elections after a lucrative advertising deal was reportedly
negotiated with the candidate by account executives of Radio Mindanao Network
(RMN), the station’s owner.
chapter of the NUJP reports that
Solis had rejected cost-cutting measures proposed by RMN executives, which
would have seen regional staff fired or forced to take on account executive roles
in addition to their reporting.
is heartened to learn that colleagues of Dodong Solis are taking his
unwarranted dismissal as an opportunity to stand together in unity and oppose
further attempts by management to pursue a particular partisan or inappropriate
cost-cutting agenda,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
display of strength on such important matters of principle serves as an example
to media workers throughout the Philippines,
where we have seen that job security is just as threatened as journalists’
safety and freedom of expression.”
an industrial dispute has also been taking place since June 16 at one of the Philippines’
largest broadcasters, ABS-CBN,
where 110 workers have been sacked amid changes to
contracts and work conditions.
recently, veteran reporter Wheng Hidalgo
was fired on September 3 after 16 years with the station, when she refused to
accept revised conditions of employment offered by management.
changes, ABS-CBN staff who seek reclassification from temporary to permanent
employment are being denied back pay and other conditions offered to other
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