Pažin: The government is ready to contribute to a better position of journalists in Montenegro

PODGORICA, 08.06.2018. – The Government is ready to support, within the framework of its competencies, the efforts of Trade Union of Media in creating better social and economic conditions for the work of journalists in Montenegro, said the Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin at a meeting with the leadership of the Trade Union of Media of Montenegro.

On behalf of SMCG, at the meeting were President Marijana Camović and Vice-Presidents Radomir Kračković and Nevenka Ćirović.

Speaking about the process of harmonization of the collective agreement for employees of the national public service RTCG, Pažin announced that the Government will promptly fulfill its obligations in order to this regulation come into force promptly, as soon as the trade union and management of RTCG submit the proposed text of the agreement.

The interlocutors agreed on the great importance of adequately regulated labor law issues and improved economic position of journalists for strengthening independence and professionalism in Montenegrin journalism.

Pažin supported the interest of the SMCG for the active participation in the preparation of new legal solutions within the Law on Electronic Media, whose development is planned next year. He also agreed with the position of SMCG that there is a significant place for improving the position of employees in local public broadcasters.

The meeting emphasized the responsibility and determination of the state to provide the highest level of security and protection of the personal integrity of journalists. The Vice President also welcomed the initiative of the TUMM to organize a regional media conference on the topic of security, working conditions of journalists and media legislation.

SMCG, Podgorica, 08/06/2018