Reposted from the website of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemns the massacre of more than a hundred jobs at TV5 last Feb. 24.
We cannot but see union busting as the real motive behind the sudden retrenchment of more than a hundred of our colleagues. Of those laid off, four are union officers and 98 are union members.
The ABC Employees Union (ABCEU) had been firm in defending its members‘ rights and welfare, clinching a salary hike and more benefits in last year’s negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). By diminishing the number of union members, the TV5 management aims to weaken the union and replace its regular workers with contractual or agency-hired employees. While management claims that the company is losing money, it has not shown any document to the union prove its claim.
TV5 trampled on the dignity of its long-time employees as workers, many of whom had been serving the company and its owners for more than 10 years. A perfunctory call from TV5’s HR Department, a severance check, and the way out the door were how the workers learned of the news of their sacking. They were then barred from entering the state of the art broadcast center building they helped build with their blood, sweat and tears.
Sadly, the plight of TV5 workers is not isolated. The entire media industry is full of un-unionized workers who suffer long working hours without security of tenure, just pay and benefits. As we pledge our solidarity and support to our ABCEU colleagues, we also call on all journalists to unite and unionize for media workers’ rights and welfare. Panahon na!
View the original article here: http://www.nujp.org/?p=4363