Fairfax journalists pass no confidence motion in company’s restructuring consultations

A day after journalists at News Corp in Brisbane voted that they had no confidence in their management, journalists from Fairfax have voted they have no faith in the restructure processes being carried out by their own bosses.

Mumbrella can reveal that journalists from The Age in Melbourne and The Sydney Morning Herald passed three resolutions this afternoon, including one in support of their peers at News Corp.

The first resolution said that the journalists have “no confidence that the consultation process currently offered by (Fairfax Media) is genuine.”

Last week Fairfax announced plans to make $30m of savings including another deep round of editorial job cuts.

The no confidence resolution questions Fairfax’s ability to provide employees with a vision of its plans for the future that go beyond cost cutting. It criticises the company’s failure to provide an “executive senior enough to discuss revenue measures as well as cost-saving measures”.

Following this week’s News Corp restructure announcement, the second resolution states: “We express support and solidarity for our News Corp colleagues who have been targeted with redundancy.”

Janz: Staff have criticised his consultation process

The third resolution – which was only passed in Sydney – called for Chris Janz, boss of Fairfax Media’s metro division to provide employees “a clear job description” for editorial boss Sean Aylmer.

Aylmer: Staff want a job description

The motion of no confidence in the process does not go as far as last year’s vote by Fairfax staff slating bosses Grey Hywood and Allen Williams during the previous round of cuts.

Fairfax Media had not commented at the time of posting.


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