Greece: IFJ supports journalists in defence of their social rights

Greece's State Council today heard an appeal filed by media owners which would lead to the closure of the fund which provides healthcare and pensions for all Greek media workers and their families. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) stands in solidarity with its affiliate the Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN) and calls for the EDEOAP fund to be maintained.


The appeal to abolish the 2% media employers’ contribution to the fund was filed by the Union of Private National Broadcasting TV Stations representing TV owners and joined by other media owners, who consider these basic social protections as a "privilege".

Abolition of the media employers’ contribution would immediately imperil journalists’ social rights and set a dangerous precedent for all Greek workers. In response media workers have mobilized through their unions to defend the EDEOAP fund.

The IFJ supports JUADN and Greek media workers in their fight for their rights and backed a motion supporting their actions at its World Congress, held in Tunis in June 2019. Younes M’Jahed, president of the IFJ, attended today’s hearing in Athens to show solidarity with the IFJ's Greek affiliates.

It is the media owners’ responsibility to contribute to the fund which protects journalists social rights. The EDEOAP fund is crucial to ensuring the dignity of journalists, press freedom and democracy. We will continue to defend it in close collaboration with our union and will lead a campaign of solidarity with their struggle”, he declared.

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