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Strike action as Australia's Fairfax Media slashes 80 jobs

Published on May 7, 2014 3:07 PM
 
This photo illustration shows newspaper front pages of media group Fairfax in Sydney on May 7, 2014. Journalists at the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age went on strike on Wednesday after management proposed axing another 80 editorial and photo jobs. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Journalists at the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's The Age went on strike on Wednesday after management proposed axing another 80 editorial and photo jobs.

"Fairfax Media on strike for 24 hours over slashing numbers of photographic and other staff," veteran Sydney Morning Herald reporter Kate McClymont tweeted.

Staff learnt of the proposed job losses in a note from Allen Williams, managing director of Australian Publishing Media at Fairfax, the group which owns the papers.

Staff voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job in protest at the losses, which are likely to include 35 editorial positions, along with 30 photo jobs and 15 in lifestyle sections.

 
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