The National Federation of Communications and Culture (FNCC-CSN) today celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation. 50 years of union presence in the media, communications and culture sectors have contributed significantly to the defense of the people who work there and to the recognition of the essentiality of their profession within Quebec society.
“For 50 years, the FNCC-CSN has been at the forefront not only for the conditions of professional exercise of those who work there, but also for most of the struggles for the establishment of a democratic society where access to information and culture it is fundamental,” said Caroline Senneville, President of the CSN.
“FNCC-CSN has been around for so long thanks to the determination of many unions that they have been able to withstand the various waves that have hit their industry,” said FNCC-CSN President Annick Charette. Firstly, for the recognition of the professional independence of the journalistic profession, for the role of the media in our democracy and for respecting decent working conditions for all the people who earn their living there. »
When the government confiscated the tapes…
It was at the initiative of journalists who were members of the CSN unions that the National Federation of Communications, according to its original name, was formed on November 18, 1972, during the full convention of the Quebec Liberal Party. The founders thus wanted to give unionized journalists a voice to assert their exercise rights and professional clauses after the seizure of magnetic and video tapes by party organizers, then led by Robert Bourassa, and his director of information . . The newly formed federation saw it as “a symptomatic gesture of the ruling party’s will to create a climate of oppression to prevent a healthy discussion of the problems affecting workers and the population as a whole. »
Coming from the Télé-Québec union, Annick Charette believes that this union presence is just as relevant today. “Until recently,” she recalls, “trade unions in Sunfrom Right, from news writerof the grandstandfrom Daily and some Voice of the East he managed to save these six newspapers belonging to the Capitales Médias group from bankruptcy by founding the National Cooperative for Independent Information (CN2i). A rescue that proved to be of paramount importance for access to information in Quebec. »
This trade union victory was followed by the federation obtaining a tax credit on the payrolls of both federal and provincial newsrooms, in the midst of the press crisis. Even today, the FNCC-CSN multiplies parliamentary interventions to order the federal government to delimit and tax these digital giants that have endangered the conditions of production and dissemination of information and culture in Québec and Canada.
On the Québec side, the FNCC-CSN has also demonstrated its relevance by actively participating in the consultations that led to the reform of the Status of the Artist Act making the government finally recognize the constitutional rights of the work of association and collective bargaining in the field of arts, culture and literature. The federation is currently working to push Quebec to adopt the same type of legislation for independent journalists and freelance media professionals.
After having documented, in a study conducted with the UQAM Community Service last May, the disastrous effects of cyber bullying and harassment to which information workers are subjected, the FNCC-CSN launched a vast project this autumn of research on sexual harassment in the field of culture and communication.
Through a team of employees and all of CSN’s confederal services, the federation serves many unions in Quebec and New Brunswick on collective bargaining and labor rights issues. Represents employees of several museums, both in Montreal and in the regions, as well as employees of Radio-Canada, The printfrom Montreal newspaperthe Cogeco network and several private communication companies.
The FNCC–CSN has 6,000 members from 80 trade unions working in the fields of communication, journalism and culture. It is one of the 8 federations of the CSN, which brings together more than 330,000 public and private sector workers, in all regions of Quebec.