Irish Times deal recognises staff rights
AS THE Freelance went to press,
journalists at the Irish Times were balloting on
a ground-breaking new house agreement with management. The
proposed agreement offers staff a payment of £IR 450
a year in recognition of the re-use of their work on the paper's
website and elsewhere. This is despite the new Irish Copyright
Bill, which is due to be signed into law imminently. Journalists,
including freelances, will also receive a bonus for accepting
new technology and a reorganisation of copy-flow to a "team"
system - £IR 1200 for staff.
The agreement is even more interesting in the realm of
"family-friendly policies". It notes that new technology
leaves little reason for journalists not to work from home where
necessary. It recognises the value of job-sharing. It commits
management and unions to discussing childcare at the workplace.
And it introduces a concept pioneered by the Irish Civil Service,
which may make workers in the UK gape. After seven years, staff will
be entitled to apply to work nine months of the year - for example to
be with the kids during holidays. Sabbaticals for professional development
are also recognised, with a fund to support selected cases.
For further details contact the NUJ Ireland office: email
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