Georgia does not have active professional associations. The oldest association, the Georgian Federation of Journalists, is the successor of the Soviet-era Union of Journalists and is currently dysfunctional. The Trade Union of Mass Media Workers, set up in 2010, became also dysfunctional. In October of 2016, the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC) established Georgian Media Trade Union (GMTU) to unite journalists, photographers, cameramen, editors, and other employees of the media sector. Most recently, the GMTU and GTUC has been defending the rights of employees laid off by the Georgian Public Broadcaster.