Press Work­ers’ Union cel­e­brates 47th an­niver­sary

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SIX me­dia com­pa­nies have so far signed col­lec­tive agree­ments with the Press Work­ers’ Union (Basın-Sen), union head Ali Kişmir an­nounced dur­ing a re­cep­tion held to mark its 47th an­niver­sary — and at which he re­it­er­ated “firm and strong” op­po­si­tion to any vi­o­la­tion of press free­dom.

Mr Kişmir voiced pride that the num­ber of unionised in­sti­tu­tions in the sec­tor had in­creased by five since he and his team took over the union 18 months ago, with the aim of bring­ing about ben­e­fits for its mem­bers.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of unions from both sides of the is­land at­tended the event in Le­fkoşa on Mon­day, among them Greek Cypriot Jour­nal­ists’ Union head Yior­gos Fran­gos, who ex­pressed a wish for con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two in­dus­try bod­ies.

Le­fkoşa Mayor Mehmet Har­mancı also spoke up for a free press in the TRNC, not­ing the need for less con­trol over state broad­caster BRT and its Tak news agency.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ayşegül Bay­bars con­firmed her view that “the press plays a cru­cial role in a coun­try’s process of democrati­sa­tion”.

Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Zeki Çeler, at­tend­ing along­side Ms Bay­bars, Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Ce­mal Özy­iğit and Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Erkut Şa­hali, also backed union­i­sa­tion in the me­dia and said they had cho­sen Basın-Sen as their pi­lot union, with “ad­di­tional salary sup­port for TRNC work­ers” avail­able to par­tic­i­pat­ing firms.

Basın-Sen mem­bers en­joy the evening

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