Big win for workers’ rights in Palestine as journalists reach agreement with employers

One doesn’t normally think of the Arab world general, and the occupied West Bank in particular, as places where we can celebrate victories for organized labour.  And yet that’s precisely what happened in Ramallah on Saturday evening.  In a ceremony witnessed by the President of the International Federation of Journalists, Jim Boumelha, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate signed an agreement with three major news media in the country.

“It took many months of hard work by the leaders of our affiliate in Palestine to achieve such a historical milestone for their members,” said Boumelha. “The PJS can now set out to negotiate with employers the first collective trade union agreement for journalists in the region.  The IFJ congratulates them for this major achievement which will benefit journalists, secure their future and enhance the profession.”

Read the full report on the IFJ website, here.