[In the news] Call on media workers to strengthen ranks, defend rights -INQUIRER.net

Call on media workers to strengthen ranks, defend rights.

May 8, 2013

inquirerThe National Union of Journalists of the Philippines joins all workers in the fight for jobs, decent wages and democratic rights.

We especially salute and express solidarity with all media workers who remain dedicated to and passionate about their work, despite the lack of job security, the meager wages, the absence of benefits and the risks that come with the media profession.

For while the Philippines continues to be among the world’s most murderous place for journalists, Filipino media workers  also bear dismal working conditions and low pay.

The global thrusts of news organizations to go multiplatform have intensified the work demand on media employees. Multimedia platforms require longer and heavier work hours without the corresponding increase in compensation. Even as Filipino media workers are fighting back, organizing themselves to defend their rights, media employers continue to deny them their rights. Only a few news organizations have labor unions and not all have collective bargaining agreements with employers. Union-busting and harassment of organizers and union leaders and members have increased.

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