Labour council process against Broadcast Text

3.4.2011

Akava Special Branches and the Union of Journalists in Finland have asked the labour council (http://www.tem.fi/?l=en&s=2483) for an opinion on the employment status of translators working for Broadcast Text.

- The low income of these freelancers shows that the fees are rock bottom and that their status is not genuinely entrepreneurial. In comparison with translators working directly for television channels, the income of these freelancers is one third to two thirds, says Petri Savolainen, director at the Union of Journalists in Finland.

In 2006 the labour council examined the employment status of translators working for the commercial channel MTV3 and concluded that MTV3 should contribute to the translators' pensions, pay their social welfare benefits as well provide them with paid holidays.