Godinac (FRJ MediaSind): Government divides mass-media in seven sectors to prevent collective labour contract negotiation

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The Government submitted on Wednesday a draft law that stipulates the distribution of mass-media in seven sectors, so that we can no longer negotiate a collective labour agreement, stated on Thursday Cristi Godinac, president of SRJ MediaSind, during a conference occasioned by the General Assembly of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

"Yesterday, the Government of Romania sent us a draft law targeting the change of the activity sectors through which the media no longer exists. They are dividing us into seven sectors so that we cannot negotiate a collective labour agreement. We are in conflict with the Ministry of Culture because we have been unable to negotiate a new collective agreement for almost a year. We are under pressure and we hope that thanks to you, to EFJ, we will hold on," said Cristi Godinac.

On the other hand, Godinac said, the public Radio and the Romanian Television are no longer public institutions for a few months now, becoming state institutions, after the mandatory radio-TV fee was abrogated.

"We have managed to break free of the Public Radio's abusive director against whom you (the European Federation of Journalists ed.n.) voted for a protest motion. We managed to maintain a certain independence in the public radio and television institutions. Unfortunately, a few months ago the two public institutions, the radio and television broadcasters stopped being public institutions because the Parliament has eliminated the radio-TV fee and basically turned them into state institutions," Godinac said.

The Executive Committee of the European Federation of Journalists — EFJ decided to hold the General Assembly of the European Media Organization in Bucharest on May 18-19, 2017. The topic of the meeting is "Journalists under Pressure".AGERPRES(RO — author: Florin Barbuta, editor: Andreea Marinescu; EN — author: Simona Iacob, editor: Maria Voican; online editor: Maria Voican)

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