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Are Media workers score 13% pay rise over three years

The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance has scored a major pay rise and significant upgrades in conditions for its members at Are Media, the country’s biggest magazine publisher.

Are Media publishes The Australian Women’s Weekly, TV Week, New Idea, House & Garden, Who, and Gourmet Traveller, with a monthly national readership of 5.9 million. The latest Roy Morgan numbers show the company saw a 10% jump in readership during the June quarter.

Four consecutive quarters of readership growth may have aided the MEAA’s negotiations for a new Enterprise Agreement.

Almost 90% of Are Media workers voted in favour of the new agreement last week, which includes a 13% pay rise over three years, and “significant upgrades to many of their conditions.” These include annual grading reviews, caregiver leave, working from home provisions, paid leave for a miscarriage, and a commitment to paid training and equipment.

The old Bauer and Pacific magazine groups will be brought in under one Enterprise Agreement, which will follow the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics.

“These results came about because management was forced to listen as workers increasingly stood together, came to meetings, and grew the union in the workplace,” the Alliance said.

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