Union in bid to save state media jobs
Stabroek News
November 11, 2003

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The Clerical and Commercial Workers' Union (CCWU) plans on informing Union Network International, which represents media workers globally, of the proposed merger of two state- broadcasting entities in its bid to secure job continuity of those members employed by these institutions.

A statement issued by CCWU yesterday said the decision came out of discussions at the union's special delegates' conference held on Sunday where the merger of GBC and GTV was discussed.

"The conference called on all of the union's branches to be in solidarity with the workers of GBC and GTV as the union strives to ensure continuity of their jobs. In this regard, the conference also called for the Union Network International (UNI) to be informed about the merger," the statement said.

Last week, the union said it supported, in principle, the merger of the Guyana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and the Guyana Television Broadcasting Company (GTV), but insisted that job security and continuity-of-employment principles be observed during the process.This was propounded following a meeting last Monday afternoon between the union and its members who are employees of the two state-owned entities.

Other concerns addressed included issues affecting administration and staffing needs, and steps were taken to fill vacancies in the executive committee, according to the statement.