Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fairfax journalists rally against job cuts, Australia

Journalists from Fairfax’s biggest Australian newspapers continue to risk fines as they strike in protest against plans to move dozens of production jobs offshore.

Staff from publications including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review walked off the job for 36 hours on Wednesday evening after learning Fairfax planned to move 66 editorial production jobs from newspapers in Newcastle and Wollongong to New Zealand.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance says the outsourcing of jobs, mostly in sub-editing, means Fairfax is taking cheap shortcuts at the expense of quality journalism.

MEAA Victorian secretary Louise Connor joined about 100 journalists outside Fairfax’s Melbourne offices on Thursday.

"Our grave concern is that this company makes the easy decisions to cut costs instead of making the smart decisions to move this company into the new era,” Ms Connor told reporters. Read More