Last month we reported on that shrinking Australian media behemoth that is Fairfax Media, is apparently planning to send jobs offshore by relocating production of its regional newspapers to New Zealand.
The proposed changes will affect 66 Fairfax staffers, Media, Ethics & Arts Alliance – MEAA – said via statement today.
Fairfax said the affected staff would be offered voluntary redundancies or redeployment, however, some staff may also be forced into redundancy.
The affected newspapers include the Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald and seven associated community titles including the Lake Times, Kiama Independent, Newcastle Star, Myall Coast Nota, Port Stephens Examiner and Lakes Mail. Read the full previous post.
UPDATE! FAIRFAX HAS CONFIRMED – JOBS ARE GOING OFFSHORE: Newcastle Herald and Illawarra Mercury workers have failed in their bid to stave off job losses under a plan by Fairfax Media to transfer editorial production to New Zealand.
Fairfax has confirmed a total of 41 production jobs will be axed from newspapers in the Newcastle region, including the Newcastle Herald, and 25 jobs will go from the Illawarra Mercury. It says the changes are part of moves to increase efficiency in its newsrooms.
The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance – MEAA - asked Fairfax to continue doing the work locally through the creation of a virtual sub hub that it claimed would be more cost-efficient :: Read the full article »»»»