Fairfax is looking to outsource its image handling teams overseas, with redundancies to follow.
The image teams of Fairfax Metro Media offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra will be outsourced to an external supplier, if the proposal goes through.
One option on the table is to expand the scope of image handling work already handled by VMG in the Philippines to Fairfax in New Zealand, according to an internal document obtained by Mumbrella.
The changes could affect 17 positions, although Fairfax is looking at how to redeploy them elsewhere within the company.
A statement issued to Mumbrella reads:
Fairfax is consulting with affected staff and their representatives and no final decisions have been made. The proposal follows an extensive review of image handling arrangements in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney which involved workshops with staff. The proposed improvements to operations are consistent with the Fairfax of the Future strategy.
According to the internal document, the proposal covers management of automated image handling systems, imaging work for special features and magazines, image handling on deadlines and quality control.
The “small team” that would remain in Australia would service the management of the third party relationship.
A final decision on the proposal is expected by 17 November.