Swiss journalists campaign for collective agreements

Swiss Employment Law is designed liberally and the protection of employees is quite weak compared to other countries. In Switzerland, due to the different circumstances in each language area, the working conditions in the media industry vary from one area to another. While a Collective Agreement for journalists does exist in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, journalists in the German- and Italian-speaking parts have been working without one since 2004 and are therefore constantly facing the consequences of the lack of protection. However, there is reason to hope that this long lasting state of affairs may come to an end…

Tax reduction on digital content must be reinvested into journalism

A delegation of the European Federation of Journalists (composed of EFJ Steering Committee member Urs Thalmann, EFJ Director Renate Schroeder and EFJ Trainee Hélène Brédart) met with Francine Cunningham, Executive Director of the European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA) to discuss issues of relevance to both organisations as well as follow-up of an EFJ resolution on social dialogue in Switzerland. The EFJ representatives outlined the difficult situation for journalists in Switzerland as the publishers continue to refuse to negotiate a collective agreement in the German and Italian speaking parts of the country. Both the EFJ and ENPA agree that the struggle for the…

Deteriorating working conditions undermine press freedom, says study

Deteriorating working conditions of journalists put press freedom in danger, according to a study published by the University of Fribourg and the Federal Office of Communications in Switzerland. The study participated by 1000 journalists who are members of the affiliate of the European Federation of Journalists, impressum, proves that the deteriorating working conditions have a negative impact on press freedom and quality of journalism. The results suggest that economic pressure from advertisers and the media owners are jeopardising the editorial freedom of media. Ricardo Gutiérrez, EFJ General Secretary said: “The conclusions are clear: we fought hard to ensure that press…

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TRADE UNION OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS Address Branche presse et médias électroniques Monbijoustrasse 33CH-8001 BerneSuisse Staff President of the press and media branch: Sina Bühler Secretary General of the press and media branch:  Stéphanie Vonarburg Phone +41 58 817 18 18 Email medien(at)syndicom.ch Website www.syndicom.ch     IMPRESSUM – LES JOURNALISTES SUISSES Address Grand’Place 14A 1701 Fribourg Switzerland Staff Presidents: Christian Campiche Vice-President: Vito RobbianiDirector: Urs Thalmann Phone +41-26-347.15.00 +41 26 347 1509 Email info(at)journalisten(dot)ch info(at)impressum(dot)ch  Website www.impressum.ch