News / 18.01.2016

RTTL blasts Bauer Media’s planned job cuts

Shortly after buying the radio operations of the Finnish media company MTV, the German corporation Bauer Media announced that it would start redundancy talks concerning the entire workforce of 140 people. Bauer Media aims to cut 25 jobs. According to RTTL, the move is a continuation of the constant process of acquisitions and outsourcing that have plagued MTV staff for many years and shrunk the workforce.

RTTL has pointed out that commercial radio in Finland is doing well but that there have been many job losses in the sector and workplace practices have become disparate. Rapidly changing foreign ownership reflects a lack of interest in developing staff working conditions or improving work agreements and pay.

Employees are vulnerable and unprotected. Finnish commercial radio is not covered by collective agreements. The sector comprises full-time employees but also plenty of freelancers and self-employed workers.

RTTL said that the corporate owners of commercial radio should start to appreciate the importance of collective agreements in terms of developing the sector and strengthening staff commitment. It stressed that commercial radio workers must soon start to be covered by collective agreements.

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