The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has published a policy paper providing an overview of the changing employment relationships in the media and cultural industry around the world.
According to the report, the whole media and cultural sector represents almost 2 million jobs in 2013. Among the 2 million jobs, over 1 million media and cultural workers engage in the publishing activities.
The paper has highlighted a global trend towards freelance, self-employed or informal economy work in the industry. It has resulted in a shift towards more temporary employment arrangement with weaker worker protection.
In particular, journalism has been subject to rapid changes due to the emergence of new technologies and online services that have increased the speed of distributing and reproducing content to a wider audience.
The paper will serve as the background paper for the Global Dialogue Forum on employment relationship in the media and cultural sector on 14 – 15 May. Seamus Dooley (NUJ, UK) will represent the International Federation of Journalists and the European Federation of Journalist to attend the Forum and put the issues concerning journalists and their unions on the international agenda.