MEAA condemns News Corp for 'disrespectful' redundancies

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 18 September 2018
News Corp's Australian papers

The Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) has condemned News Corp for the "disrespectful" announcement of its most recent redundancies.

The MEAA says it's "outrageous" that the company would not consult the staff impacted or the unions, which it is required to by conditions of the enterprise agreement, before making a statement to the Fairfax-owned Australian Financial Review (AFR).

The report in the AFR revealed News Corp would be cutting 30 positions across publications including The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Australian. The positions will be a mixture of voluntary and forced redundancies.

“It is disrespectful to workers to read in a rival publication this morning that they will lose their jobs," MEAA media director Katelin McInerney says.

"The company should have been honest and upfront with its employees. News should have given its people the opportunity to look at other job options and ways to assist the company to meet its cost reduction targets."

MEAA notes that News Corp made sub-editors and other production staff redundant in the Northern Territory and South Australia earlier this year.

MEAA will meet with union members at News Corp shortly.

News Corp has been approached for comment.

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