New deal puts sustainability, job security at the forefront


PETALING JAYA: Star Media Group Bhd (SMG) has signed a new collective agreement (CA) 2022 with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) as it looks ahead to better serve consumers and provide job security for its employees.

SMG group chief executive officer Alex Yeow said he was pleased that the CA was concluded amid the ever-changing media landscape.

“It’s always good to work together with shareholders and employees,” he said at the signing ceremony at Menara Star here yesterday.

Yeow added that a win-win situation must be achieved in ensuring the sustainability of the company and job security for the workers.

Noting the group’s improved revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021, he expressed optimism in print journalism in the digital era while promising to take the company forward.

“We have turned around from a difficult period and are optimistic about performing better.

Working together: Yeow (fourth from left) exchanging documents with Chin after the signing ceremony at Menara Star. With him are (from left) Mahendraraj, Ng, Raj, Low and Tariq. — GLENN GUAN/The StarWorking together: Yeow (fourth from left) exchanging documents with Chin after the signing ceremony at Menara Star. With him are (from left) Mahendraraj, Ng, Raj, Low and Tariq. — GLENN GUAN/The Star

“We cannot remain static and function like we used to. We need to find new ways to move forward and take care of our consumers and readers.

“Our main priority is to ensure that the company will be sustainable and at the same time, able to provide job security for our employees,” he said.

Yeow also urged NUJ members to continue to improve their skills and adapt to new realities in the evolving media landscape.

The signing was also attended by SMG’s group people senior general manager Terence Raj, chief content officer Esther Ng and group people senior manager M. Mahendraraj.

NUJ was represented by its general secretary Chin Sung Chew as well as Star NUJ chairman Low Boon Tat and secretary Qishin Tariq.

Chin said the union will continue to champion the rights of all its members as the industry recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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