More than 800 News Ltd staff demand larger pay rise

Amid ongoing salary negotiations between News Limited and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance more than 800 staff at the publisher have signed a petition calling for the company to offer a larger payrise.

The union, which represents journalists are currently in negotiations for a 12 month rollover agreement, which would cover all community, regional and metropolitan daily editorial staff.

In  recent round of negotiations News Limited offered an increase of 2.25 per cent rise in salary. The union responded by circulating a petition labelling the below consumer price index offer “pitiful”. This petition has now been signed by around 850 members of staff. News Limited has previously said it employs around 2400 journalists nationally.

MEAA secretary Chris Warren said in further negotiations today the company had increased the offer to 2.5 per cent.

“The rethink by the company is a clear acknowledgement that management recognises what its employees have been telling them via this petition: wages should not go backwards in real terms,” Warren said.

“Our members demand a realistic offer from the company that must take into account the very significant productivity gains the company has gained in recent years and is continuing to benefit from.”

“News Limited employees who deliver those productivity gains have seen their workload intensify on a massive scale due to redundancies across the board, the application of new technology and platforms, the transformation of newsrooms to digital, and the demands on staff to do even more with less. News Limited employees demand a genuine pay offer that respects them, their skills and the huge increase in their workloads,” he said.

News Limited declined to discuss the ongoing negotiations.

Nic Christensen


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