The NSW Upper House unanimously called on Fairfax management to abandon its plans to outsource local jobs in the Hunter and Illawarra regions to New Zealand.
Dr Kaye, who moved the motion, said: "The NSW Upper House has today
thrown its support behind Fairfax workers in their struggle against
management's outsourcing plans.
"Members of the Legislative Council recognised that Fairfax's proposed
changes will undermine the quality of news and current affairs reporting
in the Hunter, the Illawarra and the rest of NSW.
"Fairfax is stubbornly pushing ahead with these changes despite the
mounting opposition to the cuts and its implications for local jobs.
"In passing this motion today, the NSW Upper House has joined Fairfax
workers and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance to condemn the
management for its short-sighted grab for cash.
"The NSW Upper House calls on Fairfax management to put quality news
and current affairs reporting in this state ahead of budget
considerations and to abandon its outsourcing plans," Dr Kaye said.
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Motion passed NSW Legislative Council 14 June 2012
1. That this House notes with concern:
(a) the proposal by Fairfax management to restructure operations at the
Illawarra Mercury and Newcastle Herald and outsource a total of 66 local
jobs in editorial production to New Zealand, and
(b) the impacts that this proposal would have on news and current
affairs reporting in New South Wales’ second and third largest cities
and the consequent impacts on the quality public debate across the
2. That this House calls on Fairfax management to abandon these