Martin O’Hanlon, the director of CWA Canada, delivered the keynote speech at the Guild Sector Conference this past weekend. You can read the entire address, provided to us by Martin himself. A snippet:
Conservatives and progressives may be chanting thesame economic mantra – jobs, jobs, jobs. But progressivesunderstand that jobs are useless unless they pay a decentwage.It’s a similar thing with journalism. There’s journalism andthen there’s quality journalism. Quality journalism requirestime and resources to find a story, do the necessary legworkand write it thoughtfully. And that costs money.You get what pay for. So what do companies expect whenthey cut staffing and wages to the bone? How the hell can areporter look for corruption at City Hall if he has to write fivestories a day? And what kind of journalist are you going toget for a lousy wage?It’s bad for workers, bad for society and dangerous fordemocracy.
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