(a) A professional association is hereby established under the name of Union of Cyprus Journalists, hereafter called the Union.
(b) The registered office of the Union is situated in Nicosia and it is housed at RIK Avenue, No 12, Aglantzia, where all the meetings, assemblies and gatherings of the members shall take place and all correspondence to the Union shall be addressed.
(a) To achieve the best possible settlement, through Collective Agreements or otherwise, of the terms of work and employment of the Members of the Union and to regulate the relations between the Union and the Owners of Mass Media (newspapers, magazines, radio and television channels and news agencies) or between the Union members and their employers, or between members of the Union and other workers, as well as between the members of the Union.
(b) To achieve and maintain fair and regular salaries and wages, working hours, working conditions and generally to protect and promote the interests of the members.
(c) To defend by every legitimate means the freedom of the press, the rights and liberties of the Mass Media and of their employees, to ensure the independence of journalists, to safeguard the freedom of expression, speech and opinion, to ensure the unimpeded, timely, proper and full information of the citizens, to raise the quality standard of journalism in our country by continuous improvement of educational and professional training of the journalists, showing lasting respect for the journalistic code and ethics.
(d) The following are also included in the objectives of the Union:
(i) To study the possibility of providing
the members with all or some of the benefits in case of illness, accident,
unemployment or want and to assist them in case of loss of wages on
account of industrial disputes, as well as to provide assistance for
the dependents of deceased members.
Membership of the Union is open to any person, regardless of race, sex, nationality, citizenship or religion - which, taking into consideration the provisions of paragraph 5:
(a) Exercises his/her main profession in the employment of a newspaper or magazine published regularly in Cyprus, in a news agency registered in Cyprus, a radio or television station of a professional standard, which operates in Cyprus, or is working abroad as a correspondent for a Cypriot Mass Media, as described above.
(b) Is employed in editing, proof-reading or managing journalistic material as a professional journalist or in capturing and recording events with photographs or cinematographic images as a professional photographer or cameraman, covering the daily and current news, reports and the flow of information.
(c) Earns the main income for his/her livelihood from his/her work as described above.
(d) Is the holder of a school leaving certificate from an Institution of Secondary Education, as well as of any other academic or other qualifications which the Union may from time to time specify by a decision of the Constitutive Assembly. It is understood that the setting of additional qualifications does not affect the capacity of existing members.
(e) Works as a news photographer and cameraman in the reporting-information sectors and has the necessary professional training and at least one years experience. It is understood that the setting of additional qualifications does not affect the capacity of existing members.
(f) Is not at the age of retirement.
(g) Works according to the provisions of the Collective Agreement of the Union of Cyprus Journalists or of any agreements concluded by the Union or is committed to claiming the regulation of his/hers terms of employment in the framework of such Contracts and Agreements.
(h) Has adequate knowledge of the Articles of the Constitution and of the Code of Ethics of the Union, the latter being incorporated in the Constitution, and is bound to respect it and abide by it.
(i) Has not been sentenced to imprisonment for an offence of dishonourable nature, which, in the opinion of the Administrative Council of the Union, renders him/her to be unfit for membership.
(j) Is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or an expatriate or, in the case of any other non-Cypriot citizen, is the holder of a permit by the competent Authority to work in Cyprus and, with a reservation under this article, has been in continuous and full employment with the Mass Media in Cyprus.
PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING AND PROCESSING
(a) Any person satisfying the requirements of article 3 and wishing to become a member of the Union, may submit the special application form to the Administrative Council of the Union, as provided for in the Constitution, and which is available at the Offices of the Union. The application must be endorsed by five regular members of the Union, which have been membership holders of the Union for at least two years and are up to date with their subscriptions, as provided by the Constitution. The application must be accompanied by the necessary certificates and written attestations (education, work - by the employer stating his/her terms of employment - birth, Social Security) and two pictures of the applicant.
(b) As a rule, the Administrative Council shall consider applications for membership three times every year (February, June and September).
(c) The applicant shall be invited to appear before the Administrative Council or one of its officials or panels in order to clarify or confirm issues and facts relating to his/her application and his/her employment in the journalistic profession in general.
Union members are classified as Provisional, Regular, Associate or Honorary.
(1) The Union may register as provisional
members those deemed by the Administrative Council to satisfy the provisions
of Article 3. Provisional members do not have the right to vote or be
elected, they are entitled to obtain the Unions press card in the capacity
of provisional member, they enjoy the same benefits as the regular
members or those benefits provided for in the Constitution and the Collective
Agreement, and have the obligations defined in the Constitution and
in the Collective Agreement.
(a) Holders of a Diploma of a School
of Journalism at University level and have been fully employed in the
Media as specified in article 3 for at least six months, or
Regular members have the right to vote and be elected, subject to the provisions and the requirements of the Constitution, they enjoy all the benefits and rights defined in the Constitution and in the Collective Agreement and the various Schemes and Funds of the Union and bear the responsibilities stipulated in the Constitution and the Collective Agreement.
(3) The Union may register as associate
members those deemed by the Administrative Council to satisfy the provisions
of Article 3, and are mainly self-employed as journalists or news photographers.
Those who in any way act against the aims, purposes and interests of
the Union cannot obtain associate membership or may be deprived of it.
A decision by the Administrative Council
to strike out any member shall take effect immediately, but the expelled
member may appeal against it at the next General Assembly of the members
of the Union. The Assembly shall have the right to confirm or review
the decision by the Administrative Council by simple majority of the
The annual subscription is paid as a lump sum before the annual General Assembly takes place. The subscription may be deducted from the members salary by the employer or may be deducted from the Provident Fund by its Committee and paid to the Union in the beginning of the year. Any member whose subscription is in arrears for more than two years and does not pay the amount due within two months at the latest from the date he has been notified by the Cashier in writing, shall consequently have his Union membership suspended. Membership shall be restored when the affected member settles the subscription fees owed by him/her and the Administrative Council has ascertained that he/she satisfies also the other requirements provided for in the Constitution. It is understood that if any member is reasonably hindered from work or is unemployed, he/she shall not be obliged to pay any subscription during the period of his/her unemployment or hindrance.
( c) The revenue from the sale of publications, Constitution copies, press cards and badges.
2. Special assets
Funds may be used for the following
purposes, always within the financial capabilities of the Union:
Union funds may be invested in any Government bonds, in stocks and shares of public companies which are listed in the Cyprus Stock Exchange, in the shares of Joint Pharmacies or other companies which are established and operate exclusively to serve the interests of their members in the fields of Health and Welfare, as well as in deposits with any bank which is licensed to carry on bank activities in the Republic, or in any Co-operative Bank, or Co-operative Savings Bank which are registered in the Republic.
It is understood that the value of investments by the Union in the shares of public companies which are listed in the Cyprus Stock Exchange shall not exceed 2% of the company in which the investment is to be made and 15% of the monetary reserves of the Union.
1. The Union may provide its members
with the following benefits, provided its finances permit it to do so:
(b) WELFARE BENEFITS: A welfare benefit
may be provided in case of illness, accident, unemployment, want and
old age, as well as for medical care and medicine in the above cases.
(c ) The creation of places of rest
and recreation for Union members, which
2. In case of death of any member, the Administrative Council may provide the funeral expenses and a certain amount of money to the family of the deceased.
3. It is understood that only members which have settled all their obligations to the Union shall be entitled to the above benefits. In providing the above benefits the financial situation of the Union shall be taken into consideration, among other things.
1. Each member is obliged to pay his/her registration fee as well as his/her subscriptions, to accept and respect the decisions of the Administrative Council and of the General Assembly and to contribute to the progress of the Union according to his/her capabilities.
2. If any member, taking into consideration the provisions of article 6(1)(b)falls behind in his/her subscriptions for two years and more and does not pay them within two months from the date so notified by the Cashier, then the Administrative Council may strike the defaulting member from the Union. The Administrative Council shall decide about the re-registration of the member following a relevant application, provided the member pays up all the outstanding subscriptions.
3. All the members are jointly responsible for the debts and liabilities of the Union.
4. Each member of the Union shall be entitled to receive free of charge and following a written application to the Administrative Council, a copy of the annual balance sheet, as this has been submitted to the Registrar of Trade Unions.
5. The Union shall remain independent and as a constituted Body it shall remain apart from any political or party disputes. It is understood, however, that any member as an individual may belong to any political camp or party if they so wish.
Any member who:
1. Refuses to conform to the Constitution of the Union or to the decisions of the Administrative Council or of the General Assembly, violates the principles of the Code of Ethics, as stipulated in the Constitution, exposes the Union through his/her behaviour, behaves in a hostile manner towards the Union or acts disruptively towards the Union or causes damage to the interests and the property of the Union.
2. Is in default of his subscriptions
without excuse for over two years or is unjustifiably absent from three
successive General Assemblies or all-workers assemblies convened by
the Union, shall be subject to the following disciplinary penalties,
which the Administrative Council may impose, having previously considered
all the conditions and circumstances for the charge:
4. Any member may launch a written application
or any written complaint to the Administrative Council in respect of
the handling or management of Union affairs by the Administrative Council,
stating fully the nature and grounds for his/her complaint. The Administrative
Council, within a month from the date of receiving such a complaint,
which must be signed by at least a quarter of the Unions regular members
being up to date with the payment of their subscriptions, must convene
a special General Assembly to consider the complaint. The General Assembly
shall either absolve the Administrative Council of any blame, censure
or dismiss it. In the case where the Administrative Council is dismissed,
its members shall at once vacate their posts and the same General Assembly
shall appoint a five-member committee, which will immediately proclaim
and oversee the convening of an electoral assembly, in accordance with
the provisions of the Constitution for the election of President and
members of the Administrative Council.
Forty regular members have the right
to submit to the Administrative Council an application asking for the
convening of a special general assembly to examine an issue related
to an industrial dispute or professional problem, which concerns a group
or the members of the Union as a whole. The Administrative Council shall
be obliged to convene such general assembly the soonest possible.
6. Any member who has resigned may re-register as member of the Union, provided he/she pays up all his/her previous financial obligations to the Union.
7. Any member who has handed in his/her resignation shall be deprived of all his/her rights over the capital and the property of the Union, as well as of his/her right to be a member of the Journalists Provident Fund, but he/she may draw his/her contributions to this Fund under the provisions of the Funds Statute.
1. The Administrative Council shall be composed of nine (9) members, that is the President, the Vice President, the General Secretary, the Cashier and five (5) Councillors, over the age of 21 who have been regular members of the Union for at least four years and are not members of the Administrative Board or officials of another organization registered under the Trade Union Law. The Administrative Council has the right to appoint a receiver or receivers from among the Union members, when it deems this to be suitable.
2. The members of the Administrative Council shall be elected among and by the regular members of the Union at a General Assembly by secret ballot, held in accordance with article 19, for a three-year term of office.
The Administrative Council:
3. The following signatures shall be
binding on the Union.
5. The Administrative Council may from
time to time appoint sub-committees by special resolution to study and
submit reports on projects or issues concerning the aims of the Union,
as well as to organize galas, feasts, lunches, lectures, dances, theatrical
performances and excursions towards the financial support of the Fund.
7. The entries in all the books and registers of the Union shall be made in ink.
f) In the case where the President is
absent from a meeting of the Administrative Council or from a conference,
the Vice President shall preside or if he is also absent, the chairmanship
shall be undertaken by one of the members of the Administrative Council
present who will be elected for this purpose.
2. The duties of the Vice President
are the following:
3. The General Secretary:
4. The Cashier:
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i) The Cashier may be assisted by receivers
who shall be appointed by the Administrative Council and who shall be
under his/her control and be accountable to him/her for all the takings.
1. A five-member Committee for the Constitution
and Code of Ethics is hereby established, which shall undertake:
2. The Constitution and Code of Ethics Committee shall be composed of the President of the Union, three Union members known for their prestige and long-standing service either regular or associate elected every three years by the General Assembly, in accordance with the provisions governing the election of members of the Administrative Council, and a jurist or member of the judiciary of high professional standard and wide esteem and acceptance, who shall be appointed by the Administrative Council and assigned to the chairmanship of the Committee.
3. In the case where there are not enough candidacies for the Committee, the Administrative Council shall be obliged to make appointments to the three positions, taking into consideration the provisions of Article 14 (2).
4. If a member of the Union is found
blameworthy for an offence which, in the opinion of the Committee, is
morally obscene or if the said member is, in the opinion of the Committee,
guilty of shameful, fraudulent or other behaviour incompatible with
the Code of Ethics, the Committee may impose the following penalties:
It is understood that in order to be valid, the penalties (d) and (e) must be endorsed by the Administrative Council and may be cancelled or modified only by decision of the General Assembly, which shall be convened by the Administrative Council within a month, upon the request of the member concerned and with the support of at least 20 regular members, which are up to date with their financial obligations to the Union.
1. The Annual General Assembly shall
elect at least one natural or legal person as auditor, who should be
a qualified accountant or the holder of a certificate of competence
issued by the Accountant General of the government. This qualified person
must not be a Union member and must be approved by the Registrar of
1. Any member of the Administrative
Council or Union official may be dismissed after a decision of the General
Assembly taken by secret ballot, on the following grounds: Neglect of
duty, fraud, incompetence, refusal to carry out decisions by the Administrative
Council and for any other reason which the General Assembly may deem
sufficient in order to safeguard the interests of the Union. The officials
Vice President, General Secretary and Cashier may be replaced by
other members of the Administrative Council by decision of the Administrative
Council. The President may only be replaced by the General Assembly.
1. There shall be Regular and Special
General Assemblies of the Union.
(c) SPECIAL ASSEMBLIES: Special General Assemblies shall be held whenever the Administrative Council deems this to be necessary or in accordance with article 11(4) or when ? of the members submits a written application to the Administrative Council explaining the reasons for holding such an Assembly, provided the applicants have settled all their monetary obligations to the Union up to the date of signing the application.
2. The Administrative Council of the Union shall give notice of at least eight (8) days, by displaying the announcement on the notice board, or by publications in the Cypriot press, which should state the date, the time, the place and the agenda for the General Assembly. The Administrative Council shall announce the electoral General Assembly, which is held every three years, at least four weeks before it is due to be held, together with all the provisions of the Constitution concerning the submission of candidacies and the election.
3. No work shall be embarked upon at a General Assembly, unless a quorum has been formed at the commencement of the Assembly proceedings. A quorum shall be considered as formed when at least half the members of the Union are present, which have a voting right and which constitute the first integral number over half of the total.
4. In case there is no quorum, the Assembly (regular or special) shall postpone its proceedings for half an hour, after which all members attending shall constitute a quorum.
5. In the case of a hang vote, the person presiding shall have a casting vote.
6. The register of the members which
hold a voting right must be read out before the General Assembly embarks
on the agenda, in order to ascertain the number of the members present
and their names, which then must be entered in the Book of Minutes and
so determine whether a quorum has been formed or not.
8. Any member who, at least one month before the day the Assembly is convened, has not settled his/her financial obligations to the Union, shall not be able to vote, excepting those who are unemployed.
9. On issues pertaining to the election of officials or representatives, change of name, merger with another Trade Union, establishment of or entering into a Federation or Confederation, amendment of the Constitution, dissolution of the Union, strike by members who are affected by an industrial dispute requiring the approval of the Administrative Council and of the General Assembly, confidence to the Administrative Council or other important issues submitted to the General Assembly, decision shall be taken by secret ballot. On all other issues, decisions shall be taken by acclamation or a show of hands, unless 1/3 of the members present who have settled their financial obligations to the Union, ask for a secret ballot.
1. The regular members of the Union shall elect the members of the Administrative Council, of the Constitution and Code of Ethics Committee and the Auditors at the Annual General Assembly every three years. Eligible candidates are the members who have completed at least four years as regular members, attended at least one of the three previous successive annual general assemblies of the Union and have fully paid their subscriptions at least one month before the day of the electoral assembly.
2. The President of the Administrative Council shall be elected by direct secret ballot in accordance with the provisions of sub-paragraph 18 of this article.
3. Offers of candidature for the positions
of President, the other eight members of the Administrative Council
and the three elect members of the Constitution and Code of Ethics Committee
shall be submitted at twelve noon the latest on the 15th day before
the elections. The nominations shall be announced in the Press on the
day following the expiry of the deadline for the submission of candidatures.
5. The General Assembly shall elect a five-member Supervisory Committee among its members. Elections shall be held under the supervision of the Supervisory Committee, which manages the vote and takes every measure, which in its judgment is required for the smooth conduct of the elections.
6. The General Assembly shall proceed to the election of the Supervisory Committee after it has heard and discussed the annual report of the Administrative Council on its activities and the general situation of the Union, after the Cashier has submitted the audited accounts and the report on the financial situation of the Union and their discussion has been completed. The election of the Supervisory Committee shall be carried out by nomination and show of hands, unless there are more candidates, whereupon a vote shall take place in a way to be decided by the General Assembly.
7. The Supervisory Committee shall be composed of five Union members who are not candidates for the election and are up to date with their subscriptions and financial obligations to the Union. The Chairman of the Supervisory Committee shall be elected by its members and its decisions shall be taken by majority and shall be final.
8. The Supervisory Committee shall meet immediately after its election; it supervises the conduct of the elections, counts the votes, handles the issue of the final results and proclaims the winners.
9. The General Secretary and the Cashier
of the outgoing Administrative Council shall hand the Chairman of the
Supervisory Committee three ballots one for the candidates for the
position of President, one for the candidate members of the Administrative
Council and one for the candidate members of the Constitution and Code
of Ethics Committee with the names of the candidates written in alphabetical
order and bearing the Union seal, or a single ballot on which are entered
in alphabetical order in separate columns the names of the candidate
Presidents, the candidate members of the Administrative Council and
the candidate members of the Constitution and Code of Ethics Committee
and on which there is also the Union seal. They shall also hand a list
bearing the names of all the members who have a right to vote. This
list shall function as an electoral register and will enable the Supervisory
Committee to conduct the elections smoothly, allowing only those members
to vote which have a voting right in accordance with the Constitution.
The Supervisory Committee shall keep a record of the number of ballots
it has received.
12. Each elector shall be given the required ballots after their identity has been checked and it has been verified that they are Union members holding the right to vote.
13. The voting shall be carried out by writing the sign + or X or V opposite the name or the names of the candidates who are the choice of the voter.
14. Each elector shall cast the ballot in the corresponding ballot box.
15. A ballot on which more candidates have been voted for than the number of members for each elective Body, and also where there has been an infringement of the conditions in sub-paragraph 13 or the preference of the voter is not clearly expressed or when the Supervisory Committee rules that the secrecy of voting has been glaringly violated, shall be considered invalid. The voting of fewer candidates does not render the ballot invalid.
16. Voting ends at 6 p.m. on the same
day of the elections, but it may be extended by decision of the Supervisory
Committee, if there are voters in the place of the election waiting
to cast their vote.
18. In respect to the position of President
the candidate who musters the first integral number over half of the
votes shall be elected. In the case where none of the candidates has
mustered the above number of votes , the election shall be repeated
in the same way a week later between the two candidates who have won
the highest number of votes.
20. The newly elected President within a week shall convene the new Administrative Council in its first meeting, during which the Vice President, the General Secretary and the Cashier shall be elected by secret ballot.
21. The election of auditors shall be carried out by decision of the General Assembly, simultaneously with the election of the Administrative Council. Persons who are licensed certified accountants shall be eligible for election.. The election shall take place by nomination and acclamation.
1. In case the position of President
is vacated, his duties shall be exercised by the Vice President and
elections for a new President shall be held under the responsibility
of the Administrative Council within a period not exceeding two months,
all things considered, in the same manner described in the provisions
of article 19.
3. In the case where the position of President is vacated less than a year before the expiry of his term, the Vice President shall deputize and no elections shall be held to fill the position.
4. In case a members position in the Administrative Council is vacated the first runner-up shall occupy it and so forth. If more than four positions are vacated within two years before the term of the Administrative Council expires, then elections shall be held for a new Administrative Council for the remaining term.
1. Any regular member may, upon a written
application to the General Secretary, inspect the books and the accounts
of the Union.
The Union, if its interests warrant it, may pay salaries to paid clerks or employees, either alone or in combination with other Trade Unions. It shall pay as compensation the wages or the salaries of those members of the Administrative Council or Union members, which temporarily left their profession on account of Union work.
The Administrative Council may appoint a salaried Executive Secretary, who shall be entitled to attend the meetings of the Administrative Council without a right to vote.
(a) When a dispute arises between members of the Union and their employer, the Administrative Council shall exhaust every reasonable means of settling the dispute in consultation directly with the Employer. Should this not be possible, however, the Administrative Council shall place the issue before a local assembly of the members directly concerned, which shall decide on the course of action.
A decision to strike can be taken by secret ballot and simple majority of the members directly concerned and affected by the industrial dispute, requiring the approval of the Administrative Council for its implementation. If a quorum is not formed at the assembly which is convened to make the decision, the assembly shall be postponed for 48 hours. If again there is no quorum, a third assembly shall be called within 48 hours, which decides regardless of the number of the members present.
A decision for a general strike in a sector ( newspapers or magazines, or radio or television stations), can be taken by secret ballot and simple majority, at a general assembly in which more than half of the members of the Union employed in the Sector are present. If this quorum is not formed, the assembly shall be postponed for at least 48 hours and the members of the Sector shall be informed of the new time it will be held by an announcement published and broadcast in the mass media. This second assembly shall be considered to be in quorum regardless of the number of members present and may decide to go on strike by secret ballot and simple majority of those present.
The same procedure shall be followed also in the case of a dispute or suggestion for a general strike in all the mass media written press and electronic.
The approval of the Administrative Council shall be required for the implementation of a decision to strike in a Sector or in all of the Sectors of the mass media.
(b) The Administrative Council may, when it sees fit, establish and maintain a Union Strike Fund, by means and ways which it considers suitable. The money of the Strike Fund shall be used to strengthen and support industrial struggles by the Union and its members, which are proclaimed and waged in accordance with the Constitution provisions.
COMMITTEES IN THE WORK PLACE
A. LOCAL COMMITTEES
Local assemblies shall, in the presence of a representative of the Administrative Council, elect Committees in the work places mews papers, magazines, radio and television stations and news agencies - to deal with local problems and see how to settle them, like respecting the Collective Agreement and the other vested rights, either by direct action with the Management and the employer or in cooperation and consultation with the Administrative Council. The Local Committees shall constitute the Contact of the Administrative Council with the members and the agency for the promotion and implementation of the decisions of the Administrative Council and of the general assemblies and in general of all the objectives and purposes of the Union.
The local assemblies shall decide the number of Local Committee members.
Each Local Committee shall elect its President. Their term may last from one to two years, as the local assembly shall decide.
The Administrative Council shall from time to time call joint meetings of representatives of all the Local Committees to discuss issues and problems concerning the Union in general and the totality of the members or/and special meetings of the Local Committees of the various media within the same Group.
B. SECTOR COMMITTEES
The Administrative Council shall act so as to bring about the formation of Sector Committees by Union members in the various media sectors newspapers, magazines, radio and television which have as their purpose to deal with the particular problems in each sector, always under the supervision and in cooperation with the Administrative Council within the context of the policy, objectives, principles, the Constitution and the Collective Agreement of the Union.
The Sector Committees shall be composed of representatives of the Local Committees of each Sector. Each Local Committee shall appoint one representative to the Sector Committee, whom it shall replace in case he/she ceases to be a member or resigns or changes place of employment.
The Sector Committee shall elect its President, who shall take care of the meetings and the functioning of the Sector Committee and shall be its contact with the Administrative Council.
C. SECTOR UNIONS
Sector Unions shall be formed in each town, except Nicosia, in which all the Union members, local correspondents and journalists shall participate. Such Sector Unions shall function strictly on the basis of the provisions of the Constitution and in cooperation with the Administrative Council of the Union and in this framework they may have their own activity programme.
D. JOINT GENERAL COUNCIL
Local representatives of all the media, who are elected at local assemblies in each medium (newspaper, magazine, radio station, television station and news agency) shall form a Joint General Council in all the towns with the following ratio: Up to 10 members 1 representative, up to 20 members 2 representatives and over 20, 3 representatives. The Joint General Council shall be convened by the Administrative Council once every four months and on special occasions as may be considered necessary, in order to be informed on important issues that concern the Union, the mass media and the field of journalism, to discuss such issues and to express views and positions, which shall be of an advisory nature to the Administrative Council.
E. SECTOR OF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS
Professional press correspondents, whether Cypriot or foreign, working with non-Cypriot mass media based and resident in Cyprus, may register with the Union as members of an autonomous Foreign Correspondents Sector associated with the Union. These members shall pay a registration fee and an annual subscription, as provided for under the Union Constitution, but shall not have the right to vote and be elected to the various organs of the Union. They shall elect their own Committee, which will take care of issues concerning the foreign correspondents in Cyprus and the journalistic profession and shall cooperate in this with the Administrative Council of the Union.
An assembly of Sector members shall approve Regulations governing the composition, the structure and the mode of election of the Committee.
This Constitution may be amended, abrogated or expanded following a decision by a Constitutive Assembly at which at least half of the total number of members who are up to date with their financial obligations plus one shall be present. If there is no quorum the constitutive assembly shall be postponed for half an hour. Again if there is no quorum, the assembly shall be postponed for one week. If there is still no quorum on this occasion, even after a half-hour extension, then the assembly shall be postponed for another week, whereupon any number of members present shall be considered as forming a quorum. Amendments to the Constitution shall be effected by majority decision of the members present at the Constitutive Assembly. All changes to the Constitution shall be communicated to the Registrar of Trade Unions within 14 days from the day they were made, accompanied by the legitimate fee.
It is understood that any changes shall apply from the date they have been approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions.
The Union may merge with another Trade Union or other Trade Unions or form a Federation with other Trade Unions, following a decision taken by secret ballot at a General Assembly by 2/3 of the total number of Union members, which have the right to vote. It is understood that such merger shall have to be approved by the Registrar of Trade Unions.
The Union shall be dissolved and cease to exist when the number of its members falls below 20 or when 75% of regular members support or ask for its dissolution in writing. In the case where the Union is dissolved, all of its assets shall become property of the State after all of its financial obligations have been settled.
1. The Union shall have an official seal which shall bear the name of the Union. It shall also have its own standard and emblem.
2. Words used in the singular in this
Constitution, may be replaced by the plural, unless this runs contrary
to the meaning.
4. Ignorance of the Constitution shall not be accepted as an excuse for its violation.
5. The Administrative Council shall pronounce on whatever is not included in this Constitution, on the basis of the spirit and the principles of the Constitution, and its pronouncements shall be approved by the next General Assembly.
6. Where not otherwise provided in this Constitution or in the legislation, the decisions of any organ shall be taken by simple majority.
7. The Union of Cyprus Journalists was founded on 22 June 1959 and was registered under the Trade Union Law of 16 June 1960. The General Assembly approved this Constitution on 3 March 2004.
The Union of Cypriot Journalists adopts and incorporates in its Constitution as binding positions for its members the following Declaration of Principles by the International Federation of Journalists:
This international Declaration is proclaimed as a standard of professional conduct for journalists engaged in gathering, transmitting and commenting on news and information in describing events.
1. Respect for truth and for the right of the public to truth is the first duty of the journalist.
2. In pursuance of this duty, the journalist shall at all times defend the principles of freedom in the honest collection and publication of news, and of the right of fair comment and criticism.
3. The journalist shall report only in accordance with the facts of which he/she knows the origin. The journalist shall not suppress essential information or falsify documents.
4. The journalist shall use only fair methods to obtain news, photographs and documents.
5. The journalist shall do the utmost
to rectify any published information which is found to be harmful and
8. The journalist shall regard as grave
professional offences the following:
9. Journalists worthy of their name
shall deem it their duty to observe faithfully the principles stated
above. Within the general law of each country the journalist shall recognize
in professional matters the jurisdiction of colleagues only, to the
exclusion of every kind of interference by governments or others.
In addition and in more detail to the above Declaration of Principles by the International Federation of Journalists, the members of the Union of Cypriot Journalists adopt and undertake to respect, observe and safeguard the following positions and principles:
Any form of censorship regardless
of its origin and manifestation is prohibited.
C. RESPECTING THE CODE
The Constitution and Code of Ethics
Committee shall monitor and look after the respect of the Code acting
either on its own initiative or upon the initiative of the Administrative
Council of the Union or following recourse to it by members or third
parties in writing.
To the Administrative Council
I would like to apply for membership to the Union of Cyprus Journalists. My details are as follows:
1. Full name:
9. Relationship with the Employer (
owner, shareholder, Executive Director,
Signature of applicant Supporters (five
members of the Union of
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