Today Photo-Journalists in The Netherlands went on strike due to the ever decreasing prices “the market” offers them for their work. About 450 professionals were supported by Union: Dutch Federation of Journalists (NVJ) in an effort to stop this decline and make the profession more sustainable.
The NVJ’s campaign has three demands: a 14 per cent increase in rates, respect for creators’ rights and the equalization of online and print tariffs. Especially since print media are predicted to disappear and will go exclusively online, equalization of prises is important.
The NVJ has asked journalists to express solidarity with photojournalists by highlighting the campaign, including the news in editorial columns or broadcasts and everyone can express support on social media using the hashtags #fotolozevrijdag #fotojournalistiekheefteenprijs … Furthermore, the Dutch union says photojournalists are no longer prepared to accept being told, “we can’t pay more” or “we don’t negotiate collectively but with the individuals”.
The Dutch Protests are supported by international organizations, the British NUJ being one of them. “Last week, the NUJ’s national executive council met in London, offered resounding support for the dispute, and issued the following statement: “The National Executive of the National Union of Journalists in Britain and Ireland welcomes the move by photographer members of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) to campaign for better rates of pay. This council notes that freelance photographers in the Netherlands are planning to strike on 25 January to put pressure on publishers and other media to improve rates. This council resolves to send a message of support to colleagues in the Netherlands. This council undertakes to publicise this action among photographers and other freelance journalists in the UK and Ireland and encourage them, where possible, to not supply media outlets in the Netherlands on 25 January, or for publication on 26 January.”
According to the NVJ January 25th will be the first day of protest by photographers. In the upcoming few weeks media organizations will be visited by large number of protesters and delegations of Union representatives to initiate talks.