Της Μαρίνας Μεϊντάνη, εκπροσώπου της ΠΟΕΣΥ στο συνέδριο της Διεθνούς Ομοσπονδίας Δημοσιογράφων
The priorities of the journalists’ syndicalist movement today in the socially flaming Greece
We, the journalists in Greece, as integral part of Greek society, are experienced the brutal attack against our achievements and rights by the policies of IMF, international financial system, EU’s institutions (ECB, Eurogroup), willingly pushed by the Greek government under the Memorandum of austerity programs in the crisis situation they created. Like in the whole society amid a general capitalist crisis, with the antilabor tsunamis hitting us one after the other, the developments in the media are upheaval against the working people in the press.
Many of our members are already facing massive layoffs, cutbacks or delays in salaries on an extensive level, infringement of the Collective Labor Agreement (imposing individual employment agreements, extensive flexible forms of employment, etc) and wrecking the collective regulation of the working relations, leading us in the labor supersession. Enforcing an antilabor legal arsenal and launching policies of fear, terror and blackmails, the media bosses are establishing the dictatorship of money and profit, against the people who are suffering modern working crematories.
These conditions of insecurity, favor the flourishing of an unfree journalism and the continuation of thieving exploitation without protesting voices and effective resistance. Like in every war, the very first frontline is information and the first victim the truth.
That’s why the manipulation of the media and the journalists. Information is a social good, but in the hands of the mainstream greek media is a mean of hysteric propaganda of the governmental austerity policies and the defamation od social stuggles
So, we are requesting for the support with all means in our common struggle for direct action, resistance and coordination -for these we already lost, but also for the worst we see are coming. Contrary to difficult times, the journalists in Greece have voice and dignity to draw our red lines, defending,
Collective Labor Agreements, working places, freedom of press and ethics.
Therefore, all together and decisively, should fight for:
1-Immediate proclamation of a long lasting strike in all media national, putting as central demands: signing Collective Labor Agreement, reversing the cutbacks of salaries and the working places, but also restoring the abolished system of collective negotiations.
2-Defending the freedom of press and the social good and right of information, repulsing the interferences in the journalistic work and the manipulation of journalists and media.
3-Full support to those journalists who refused to sign individual working contracts with decreased salaries (up to 20-40%).
4-Immediately actions for the protection of our Insurance Funds(TSPEATH, EDOEAP), calling the government to return all the assets they have stolen from them under the austerity policies and directives by IMF/ECB, and cementing insurance rights to all the journalists without cutbacks in health expenses
5-Beside all the above in the newspapers, immediate pursuit of a definitive regulation of the blurry scenery in the private radio and television stations, by aiming to connect the operation licenses with the number of working places, and securing the employment at internet media.
6-Safekeeping of the public character of the state media: national radio television ERT, press agency APE/MPE and the effective operation-existence of local-municipal media. Resistance to the government attempts to use state media as propaganda tool.
7- Initiatives towards supporting the unemployed and underemployed journalists.
8-Syndicalist and insurance coverage of those working in the new internet media.
9-Cooperation and coordination with all Unions and Federation of Journalists’ Unions POESY, but also with the International Federation of Journalists.
10- Proceeding a fighting and massive third grade Press Syndicate in Greece.
Our response must be here and now: dignity, resistance, solidarity, fight