Fairfax jobs to NZ plan enrages Australian MPs
Media company Fairfax has come under fire in the New South Wales Upper House over its plans to outsource local editorial production jobs to New Zealand.
A motion passed today called on Fairfax’s Australian-based management to abandon the proposal and unanimously backed the NSW workers, possibly up to 60, who will be losing their jobs.
"The NSW upper house calls on Fairfax management to put quality news and current affairs reporting in this state ahead of budget considerations and to abandon its outsourcing plans," said Greens MP John Kaye, who moved the motion.
He accused Fairfax of "stubbornly pushing ahead with these changes".
Fairfax earlier in the week confirmed plans to move NSW regional editorial production jobs to Fairfax Editorial Services in New Zealand.
The work would involve page design, layout and sub-editing.
"Fairfax's proposed changes will undermine the quality of news and current affairs reporting in the Hunter, the Illawarra and the rest of NSW," Mr Kaye said.
"The NSW Upper House calls on Fairfax management to put quality news and current affairs reporting in this state ahead of budget considerations and to abandon its outsourcing plans."
A no-confidence motion in Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood was passed yesterday by staff at the papers involved, The Newcastle Herald and The Illawarra Mercury.