17 August 2004
Greek journalist union gets deal over pay
A new collective agreement has been signed by Greek journalistsí
unions and media employers. It provides for ground-breaking benefits including
better pension arrangements, significant wage increases and a better
leave arrangement for working mothers. 'After the bitterness of strike
action we are pleased that a settlement which paves the way towards a
better industrial-relations climate has been signed', said Aidan White,
IFJ General Secretary. This decision comes after a series of strikes
after stalled negotiations over the new agreement. These actions were
led by the journalistsí unions in Greece and the Athens Union of
Daily Newspapers (JUADN).
15 July 2004
Call to support Greek strike
Following the strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, Greek journalists and
media staff will be on strike for 48 hours beginning at 8am tomorrow and
continuing until 8am Sunday. The series of national strikes in press,
radio and television comes in response to the standstill in pay
negotiations. The Greek media complains that international broadcasts are
being used to fill up airtime whilst the strike is happening. The
International Federation of Journalists today called on its members in
Britain, Germany and the United States to act.
"This use of material might give some listeners the impression that the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America are breaking the Greek strike deliberately," IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said: "This is obviously nonsense, but the managements need to know how their material is being used."