We are getting reliable information that earlier today, our colleagues at CNN Philippines were fired due to ‘rightsizing.’
All day, employees were given their termination notices. Our information pegs the number to at least 60 so far, most of them belonging to News and Current Affairs production including producers, graphic artists, video editors and cameramen. Personnel from Engineering, Technical Operations, Creatives and IT were also sacked.
About a hundred others were also laid off by the company back in September 2015, reportedly for the same ‘rightsizing’ reason.
We stand with our colleagues at CNN Philippines as they join countless of other media workers who have been deprived of job security despite their years of service.
We will never forget the illegal dismissal and unfair labor practices experienced by contractual workers in GMA, ABS-CBN and TV5. We also remember how veteran journalists in PTV were terminated with no clear and valid reasons.
We continue to call the attention of media stakeholders and legislators to address the issues faced by the industry—such as the existence of the talent/project employee/independent contractor system (aka contractual workers), the absence if not lack of benefits and security of tenure, and weak union systems.
As it is, the media already faces threats from the government that is trickled down to the last of its supporters who harass news men and women for doing their jobs, in search of truth.
At a time where fake news is rampant, and the call for accountability and truth is ever so crucial, we must fiercely support our news institutions so they may not crumble when they are needed the most.
That support begins and ends with protecting the welfare of the workers who risk their lives everyday doing this job.
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