Four North American unions representing media workers are marking World Press Freedom Day by calling on the Mexican government to end the longstanding labour strife at Notimex, the country’s official news agency.
News Guild-CWA (TNG-CWA), National Writers Union (NWU), Unifor (Canada) and CWA Canada issued a joint letter Monday, to mark Work Press Freedom Day and to draw attention to the Notimex strike, which began more than a year ago.
“On World Press Freedom Day, it’s important to highlight the connection between strong labour unions and an independent and free press,” said Jennifer Moreau, secretary-treasurer for Local 2000 and an executive member of the International Federation of Journalists. “This joint letter sends a strong message to Mexican dignitaries that the media unions of North America are watching, and we want this labour dispute resolved.”
Representatives from each of the four unions delivered the letter to the Mexican embassies or consulates in their respective cities: Vancouver, Ottawa, Washington DC and New York. The four unions are all affiliates of the International Federation of Journalists, which represents more than 600,000 journalists from 187 unions worldwide.