Lower income group the focus of new Star-NUJ collective agreement

July 21, 20164:40 pm440 views

PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group and the National Union of Journalist (NUJ)-Star branch have signed their 13th Collective Agreement (CA).

Unlike previous CAs, the latest agreement moves away from the traditional percentage-based salary adjustment and focuses on those earning lower salaries.

Star Media Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai said the group was well aware of the impact of cost increases to employees.

“For this CA, we have given extra attention to those in the lower income category, and this has forced us to move away from the traditional salary adjustments.

“I would like to commend the union for being receptive and accepting this different method of salary adjustment,” he said before the signing ceremony.

Also signing the CA for the company was its chief operating officer Calvin Kan and human resources general manager Terence Raj.

The NUJ side was represented by its president Chin Sung Chew, general-secretary Schave Jerome de Rozario, Star branch chairman Christina Low and secretary Qishin Tariq.

Wong also spoke of how journalism had “evolved drastically” over the years, especially in terms of medium and speed.

“We cannot keep saying that we are hired for print and therefore cannot take on digital or video-based journalism,” he said.

The CEO had some advice for journalists who refused to adapt to the changing environment, saying: “If you continue to foster this archaic mindset, then you will not evolve.”

Low said despite the current economic situation, the CA had taken into account the welfare of employees.

news source: thestar.com.my

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