Employers in the media sector are using the pandemic as an excuse to reduce the rights of journalists and media workers, it was said on Saturday at a meeting of the Journalists' Union of Croatia (SNH).
Such conditions emphasise the need for union action, said SNH head Maja Sever.
According to her, employers have lately been shifting coronavirus-related business difficulties to employees, whose salaries have not improved despite savings made by working from home.
She said that the situation in the local media was "catastrophic", which was especially felt by freelance journalists and contract workers.
Sever said that the main task of the trade union was to ensure the signing of collective agreements which protected the interests of workers in addition to the Labour Act and to make a branch collective agreement at the national level, which the union had been trying to do for years without success.
She said that the SNH would advocate changes to the "outdated media legislation" which "does not recognise modern models of work at all."
Some of the problems mentioned at the meeting include wage cuts disproportionate to the drop in revenue, reporters not receiving compensation for commuting expenses despite going on assignments, and no financial compensation for job expenses incurred by working at home.