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The Journalists’ arbitration commission, a joint-consultation system

by Denis Ruellan

Every individual case handled by the arbitration commission is both commonplace and unique... The commission is often referred to for the same reasons, mainly cession, economic layoffs and misconduct. But behind this apparent simplicity are an infinity of specific cases and different careers. Particularly since the arbitration procedure has significant impact on both work contracts and joint consultation, and is therefore a crossroads where financial stakes, social relations within the media and personal interests collide. Consultations with journalists on cases they referred to arbitration and sitting in on commission debates reveal recurrent and cross-sector resort to the authority, making it a place to express one’s disagreement with the conditions journalists work in.

Published on 5 November 2013
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