Workers at EFE, the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency, have gone without raises since January 2008.
Now, as contract talks reopen, the News Media Guild is asking for a five percent wage increase for each of the next two years, and also called for additional paid time off and higher employer contributions to employee retirement plans.
“EFE workers have seen their real wages eroded by inflation since 2008,” Tony Winton, the Guild’s president, said in a statement. “Workers have done their part for four years and are eager to continue embracing new skills and technologies, but it’s time for EFE to improve compensation.”
EFE asked for a three-month extension to the current contract while it thinks about the requests. Last year, the company rejected nearly all the guild’s requests.