Star Media Group and the National Union of Journalist (NUJ)-Star branch have signed their 14th Collective Agreement (CA).
Group CEO Andreas Vogiatzakis said the CA was concluded amid the volatile situation affecting the media industry.
“It is a blessing that while there are disputes over unpaid salaries elsewhere, we are here to celebrate the success of good industrial relations.
“The CA provides an increase in salary and positive adjustments in benefits,” he said, adding that special attention was also given to employees in the lower-income categories.
Also signing the CA for the company was group people general manager Terence Raj while the NUJ was represented by its general-secretary Chin Sung Chew, Star branch chairman Christina Low and secretary Qishin Tariq.
Group chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow and The Star executive editor Rozaid Abdul Rahman were present.
Vogiatzakis also expressed optimism for the survival of print journalism in the digital age.
“The journalism field has evolved with digital disruption making a few jobs obsolete but the print is not dead.
“Print is struggling to find relevancy within the digital ecosystem but I think it will, and The Star has been committed with its transformation programme in digitisation to do exactly that,” he said.
He also advised NUJ members to continue taking opportunities to grow in the ever-changing landscape, adding that The Star was committed to adding more training sessions for its staff to upgrade their skills.